Preparing for Countryside Management Level 2
There are a number of things you can do to prepare to study Countryside Management in September.
You will need to develop the ability to see the greater picture – how our environment works and how everything we study links together.
Countryside Management is not just about studying habitats, species and landscapes, it is also the relationships that exists between species and their environment.
Management of these environments is an important job and in order to do this well you need to know and understand how habitats work and learn the skills of practical use of relevant tools and machinery.
Task: create an environment news scrapbook
Either cut out the headlines from a newspaper or look for online news articles and write a summary of the following:
- What are the articles key points?
- How is this linked to environmental conservation?
- Why is this article important?
Please bring this with you when you start in September.
How can I develop before September?
Below are some links to podcasts, websites, books and even films which provide a great way of staying inspired and engaged with countryside management:
- BBC – podcast topics include: climate change, carbon, urban greening, deforestation, alternative powers, and plastics
- Royal Geographical Society ‘Ask the Geographer’ – topics include: Australian wildlife, global water security, global migration and wildlife impact
- Brush up on your species identification – bird spotting out of the window or when you are out on a walk. The Collins Complete Guide to British Birds is a good book to use for this. Identification books on most British species can be found in print, or alternatives are available online.
- There are also a wide range of environmental conservation books available on a number of different topics, focus on something you are interested in and find out more information.
- There are also a number of wildlife magazine that you could read:
There are some great documentaries which will help develop your general knowledge and understanding and help you see what an amazing world we live in.
The following are all available on BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub:
Watching the news:
You should be regularly watching the news to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in relations to the inter-relationship between people and the environment. You will be really surprised how many of the news bulletins relate to what you are studying.
- BBC News – an excellent source of up to date articles. Explore headings such as science, UK and world
- The Guardian – again many useful articles and logically ordered. Keep an eye on the environment, science, society and global development stories in particular
- The Conversation – up-to-date articles from academics and specialists in the field written in a way that is accessible to all, summarising the key points in a short but insightful articles
Get involved with a project:
There are many projects you can do at or near your home to help wildlife conservation.
Can you do a butterfly count or help protect street trees and raise awareness in your local community or perhaps just help provide a habitat for bees?