Taxonomic and survey techniques used by conservation practitioners

This is a paper that focuses on the knowledge of taxonomic and survey techniques used by conservation practitioners. The paper also provides several surveys to choose from for the paper.

Taxonomic and survey techniques used by conservation practitioners


Analyse the data from one of the wildlife surveys listed below and use the results to draw appropriate conclusions about the survey giving a critical evaluation of the survey method.

Tasks (objectives)
Select one of the following surveys:

Multi-species mammal monitoring with cameras
Great crested newt population monitoring
Bird territory mapping (yellowhammers)
You will be given data from previous years (for camera trapping and great crested newt monitoring) or that has been created for the purposes of this task (yellowhammer territory mapping).
Working individually, introduce the chosen survey and research question to be answered.
Describe the methodology used and justify the method, timing and survey effort used.
Analyse the data.
Report your findings in the style of a scientific report, highlighting the limitations of your study, including a critical evaluation of the survey method used, and compare your findings with the literature.

Course Specific Learning Outcomes

Firstly, demonstrate a systematic comprehensive knowledge of taxonomic and survey techniques used by conservation practitioners.

Secondly, analyse current biodiversity conservation issues and priorities at local, national, European and global level. Critically assess law and policy relating thereto in terms of its doctrinal and practical coherence.

Thirdly, critically evaluate techniques used to survey specific taxa and extrapolate from existing research and scholarship to identify new or revised approaches to surveying and the analysis of data.

Fourthly, evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new situations.

Also, demonstrate the ability to recognise, apply and address ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues, applying ethical and organisational values to situations.

Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Demonstrate expertise in advanced research, technical, communication and professional skills.

Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems. Also, act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
Further guidelines

Lastly, critically evaluate the importance of the survey method in relation to the validity of the survey results. The advantages and disadvantages of the survey method and the quality and types of data it produces should be discussed in context of the aims of any survey. You are also required to produce firm conclusions about the importance of your topic to produce accurate or precise survey data.