Modiwl DXX-3304:
Tropical conserva field course

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Simon Valle

Amcanion cyffredinol

This module aims to expose students to tropical conservation and ecology in a real-world setting and to provide insights into conservation issues that cannot be taught in a classroom. The course also aims to build up basic fieldwork skills (including field observation, species identification and bushcraft). The module will also provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop confidence in designing and implementing a small independent research project.

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The students will have a series of introductory sessions during which they will select a general research topic to work on in Uganda with a small group and a research guide. The field course will be based in Kibale National Park, Uganda, and will be delivered in association with Makerere University (Uganda). Teaching in Uganda will be delivered by staff from Bangor University and Makerere University with expert input from the expert field guides. The majority of the teaching will be in the field in small groups but there will be occasional classroom sessions and discussions in the evening. Students will cover: ecology and species identification, survey techniques (especially camera trapping and distance sampling), plant phenology and forest structure, primate behaviour, social research methods (pitfalls and practicalities), human wildlife conflict and protected area management.

Meini Prawf


Grade A- and above Excellent knowledge of subject, ability to research and critically review information, ability to design and carry out high quality research and present this in an informative way with excellent discussion and interpretation.


Grade D- to C+: Basic knowledge of subject with some misunderstandings, ability to research and present basic information, ability to design and carry out basic research and present this with only small errors.


Grade B- to B+ Sound knowledge of subject, ability to research and present information, ability to design and carry out research and present this well.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to make and effectively use good quality field notes.

  2. Demonstrate accurate knowledge of the ecology and conservation issues relating to the sites visited.

  3. Be able to design and implement a short research project on a topic of ecology or conservation.

  4. Be able to research a tropical ecology or conservation issue, critically reviewing the available literature.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
CYFLWYNIAD UNIGOL Presentation on project

Students will work in groups of 4-5 to conduct short research projects. On their return student swill have some time to analyze their data and do further reseach about how their research could have been imporved. They will then do indvidual presentations.


Purpose: 1) To give you practice in the vital field skill of taking good field notes. 2) To encourage you to take good notes in the field so we have a record of what you learnt and so you can go back to it when you need to). 3) To develop your knowledge of the ecology and conservation of the sites visited. Instructions: A good field ecologist is never without their field notebook. You should use your field notebook every day when in the field in Uganda (you may also use it to note down information shared during our journey). Assessing a field notebook is difficult as it is usually something personal and not produced to show others but for your own benefit. However we have observed that students are losing the art of taking good field notes which is why we set this as an assessment. What you submit does not have to be beautiful and polished; field notes seldom are. It will contain both notes, observations and sketches quickly taken in the field as well as more detailed, more considered (& neater) notes made after you return to camp/base/HQ. As a general rule of thumb in fieldwork, you shouldn’t consider the day’s work finished until your notebook is complete. We would like to see evidence in your notebook that you are listening to information provided and learning (so you should include notes from talks given by staff or local guides). They should act as a journal so notes of what you did in the field each day (with date and notes about weather) should be included. Field sketches are an essential part of a good field notebook. You may sketch species to remind you species you have learnt (especially when you are looking at hard to distinguish species in the hand-often you will need notes to learn how they are separated). It is also common to keep a species list over time for a site (for birds, mammals etc). Feel free to show staff your note book as you progress for feedback.

TRAETHAWD Kibale National Park, Uganda: history, current management and suggestions for the future

Purpose: To bring together what you have learnt about Kibale National Park and, enriched by careful use of the literature, consider how the conservation challenges may be best managed into the future. Please write an essay with the title “Kibale National Park, Uganda: history, current management and suggestions for the future”. The word limit is a strict 2000 words (plus references). Please give the word count at the bottom of your submitted work. The structure of this essay is very important. You have so much information allready (and you will be reading quite widely) so you need to self-edit carefully and ensure all material clearly contributes to answering the question. Please use your fieldnotes (you can write ‘pers com xxx, Kibale NP guide’) for example. However I also want you to refer to literature about Kibale AND (cruicially) other relevant literature. Please take great care to format your references following the style of a named conservation journal (for example Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, Conservation Letters). You must write the journal whose style you have followed at the bottom of the essay. I suggest that you use referencing software (eg Mendely) to help with this (but remember that you will also have to manually check each reference as sometimes references have been entered into the system with inconcistent use of capitals etc).


Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Study group

Students will work with others to develop a small group research project and then collect pilot data in the field.

Practical classes and workshops

Students will attend some preparotory sessions and watch panopto lectures over the summer.

Private study

Students will have to work alone to research and write their essay and to prepare their individual presentation.


Staff will run small group tutorials in the field to help with the design or analysis or project data and how to take good field notes.


Students will be in the field in Uganda for 11 days. Teaching will be intense throughout this time (apart from during their pilot data collection).


Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
  • Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
  • Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
  • Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
  • Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
  • Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
  • Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
  • Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
  • Collect and record data generated by a diverse range of methods.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation


Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr

Students will have to cover their own costs. Students will have to ensure they have up to date passports (6 months validity), appropriate visas, vaccinations and decent field clothes (drab colours, boots and long trousers). They will need to bring luggage they can carry inlcuding a day pack. They will need a light sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner. Insurance will be through the university insurance.

Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)

Rhestr ddarllen

We will prepare a tallis reading list (not available yet-will be developed when validated). NB We will only use freely available journal articles, books we allready recommened or occassional chapters which will need scanning.

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