New degree course in wildlife conservation at Harper Adams University16/02/2013 22:33:06 February 2013. A lecturer at Harper Adams University is helping to develop an exciting new degree course in Wildlife Conservation with Natural Resource Management.
Nicky Hunter (Senior Lecturer for Countryside, Environment and Wildlife Courses at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.) is passionate about wildlife and conservation; she said "Harper Adams University has, for many years, offered very popular programmes producing employable graduates in the Countryside and Environment sectors and this year HAU has introduced a new degree course in Wildlife Conservation with Natural Resource Management.
Being a rural site, students get the opportunity to undertake surveys and monitoring of species and habitats just by stepping out of the lecture room and also visit some interesting nature reserves and specialist wildlife areas locally.
Many of the staff like me have a real passion for wildlife, conservation and habitat management. We encourage all students to get involved with local conservation and wildlife groups, which will give students additional practical knowledge and understanding. Staff interest areas include entomology, herpetology, ornithology, mammals and specialist habitat assessment and management.
Great crested newts
Some of our teaching and research staff are also actively involved with professional bodies like the Institute of Ecology and Environment Management, British Ecological Society, Wildlife Trusts, DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
We also invite specialists to come and talk to students, which very much brings current professional expertise to our undergraduates. Speakers from the Environment Agency, local Biodiversity Officers, Reserve Managers, RSPB staff and Environmental Consultants have been well received by our students.
If like us, you are passionate about wildlife and conservation and want to find out more, please come and visit us on one of our open days and talk to staff about your areas of interest. We look forward to seeing you.
I like this quote from Sir David Attenborough "It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of natural beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living."