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Fieldwork: Methods and Approaches

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Learn how to decide the best method and approach for various ecological investigations by exploring the different sampling methods that can be used during fieldwork.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarise yourself with a range of sampling methods
  • Explore how to use random, systematic and stratified approaches to sampling
  • Determine the most appropriate method and approach for a given scenario
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Designing and Planning Experiments

  • How to identify the most appropriate method and approach for sampling rural and urban environments

Concepts Principles and Theories

  • What is meant by point sampling, line or belt transect, mark-release-recapture and quadrat sampling
  • What species are suitable for each of the 4 sampling methods
  • What information can be provided by each of the 4 sampling methods
  • What is meant by random, stratified and systematic sampling

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