NCP-10806 Forest and Nature Conservation I: Introductory Field Course


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical84
Group work10
Excursion (one day)46
Course coordinator(s)dr. P Vergeer
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. J den Ouden
dr. ir. BHM Elands
ir. JN van Laar
dr. P Vergeer
Examiner(s)dr. P Vergeer

Language of instruction:



The first two weeks focuses on the analysing of the social- and ecological aspects of Forest and Nature Conservation in the 'veluwe' area. Social processes will be investigated in the field by analysing social issues like nature images, recreation economic value and public involvement. Besides, data of typical ecological processes in forests (e.g. related to dead timber, humus, availability of light and dispersion of plants) will be collected and analysed. The conclusions and recommendations for management will be discussed with the managers of the investigated forests.
Within the second part of the field course we continue with the question how to handle with the social and ecological bottlenecks in management. Here the focus is on the implications of nature policy and stakeholder opinions on the management of nature areas at the national, regional and local scale. Four cases in different Dutch landscapes are investigated and illustrated using day excursions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
- collect and analyse ecological and social data in field studies;
- demonstrate detailed knowledge of the interrelationships of ecological and social functions of forest and nature reserves relevant for management;
- analyse and evaluate choices and dilemmas in nature management at national, regional and local scale;
- present research results to experts and non-experts both orally and in writing;
- demonstrate the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.


Collecting ecological and social data in the field and by interviewing resp.:
- analysing data;
- teamwork;
- oral presentations;
- debating;
- excursions.


The final mark is based on:
- written report -group (1/3);
- presentation -group (1/6);
- group process (1/6);
- open question examination -individual (1/3.)
Lowest possible grade: 5.5 for each part.


The course reader will be handed out the first day but is already available beforehand at MyPortal.

Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc6WD