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Freshwater Birds and their Ecology

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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This course will introduce the student to the range of British freshwater birds, covering their identification and ecology. Freshwater ecosystems will be covered to explain the distribution and habitat preferences of these types of birds. The course will consist of 8 evening sessions and two field trips (local sites possibly including Slimbridge WWT).

Who is this course for?

The course is for those interested in birds, but also those who want to understand freshwater ecology and how it affects birds and vice versa. What role do birds play in freshwater food webs? How might pollution affect freshwater birds? If these questions interest you, then this is the course for you.

Learning and Teaching

Lectures and discussions (16 hours), plus two field visit (4 hours x 2). Field visits will be to local sites including Cosmeston Country park, Cardiff Bay and possibly Slimbridge WWT.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

To be provided by the tutor, but includes Johnsson, L. 1992. Birds of Europe. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691033269; Svensson, L. et al. 2010 Collins Bird Guide. Collins. ISBN 978-0007268146; Moss, B.R. Ecology of Fresh Waters: Man and Medium, Past to Future. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0632035120

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels. You may also contact the tutor on