This course covers the breadth of considerations required for ecological restoration and gives the opportunity to undertake management planning at both site and landscape scales.

In addition, successful ecological restoration requires an understanding of appropriate remediation technologies. Consequently, this course also introduces a range of suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land including clean-up methods for soils, sediments and water.

At a glance

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles underlying restoration ecology and ecological restoration in local, national and global contexts,
  • Identify the environmental and biological controls on plant community composition and ecosystem structure,
  • Describe the mechanisms underlying natural successional patterns in vegetation communities, as well as human-induced changes in habitat-type,
  • Evaluate suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land,
  • Relate habitat management to ecosystem function,
  • At different scales, plan ecosystem creation or restoration based on the biotic and abiotic context of the area,
  • Design and assess the feasibility and appropriateness of a habitat restoration scheme.

Core content

  • The principles of ecological restoration,
  • Abiotic and biotic controls on community composition,
  • Practical techniques for effective habitat creation and restoration,
  • Habitat management for faunal conservation,
  • Effects of changes in climate and land use on conservation practices,
  • Habitat case studies; for example wetland, grassland, woodland, heathland, riparian buffer strips,
  • Contaminated land and remediation technologies,
  • Contaminated land issues and market size,
  • Monitoring and modelling contaminants,
  • Hazard appraisal and risk assessment,
  • Importance of scale for reconstruction of habitats.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.


Professor Jim Harris - Professor of Environmental Technology


Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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