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Landscape Science

Landscape scientists consider the role of flora, fauna and ecology in spaces. They use their environmental and ecological specialist knowledge to assess, analyse and resolve practical landscape issues.

Landscape scientists are often rich in scientific and technical knowledge, and are good researchers. They apply their analytical, planning and strategy skills to design habitats and landscape enhancements. Landscape scientists can provide expert advice on landscape processes, land reclamation and restoration, landscape ecology, habitats and vegetation.

When working in the context of landscape science, landscape architects focus on research and analysis, planning and strategy in relation to landscape assessment, design of habitats and strategic landscape enhancement. Landscape scientists can specialise in areas such as botany, geology, soil science, ecology and conservation.

Typical landscape scientist activities include:

  • Designing and creating habitats
  • Providing expert advice on landscape processes, land reclamation and restoration, landscape ecology, habitats and vegetation.
  • Carrying out ecological and habitat surveys
  • Carrying out various assessments and studies on: ecological risks, environmental impacts, aboricultural impacts, agricultural capacity, reclamation techniques, pollution management
  • Advising on planting and maintenance of a site
  • Drawing up wildlife management plans
  • Setting up and evaluating conservation schemes
  • Supervise construction work to make sure it is done on time
  • Working with landscape architects, designers, managers, planners civil engineers and other professionals
  • Evaluating environmental effects of planning applications and providing evidence at public enquiries
  • Advising on policy and strategy

If landscape science is the area for you, have a look at the LI accredited courses at Cranfield UniversitySheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

Top image: Landscape impacts of Environmental Stewardship © Land Use Consultants (LUC). Read more about the research assessment in Tasks and Projects.