Ecology and Conservation

Conservation and Environmental Management


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Our strong industry links, expert staff and outstanding natural facilities make Sparsholt College a natural choice for the study of habitat and rural resources management. Conservation is at the heart of everything we do and our courses provide an entry into the industry for school leavers and adults seeking career change.

The College is investing in a new range of renewable technologies such as an anaerobic digester and a wind turbine, which will provide an opportunity for students on a number of courses to understand the technology behind such initiatives.


There are opportunities for employment at a practical, technical and managerial level in a wide diversity of environments, from community-based urban sites to specialist habitats in rural areas. Environmental sustainabilityis one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK and there is a demand for fresh, innovative thinkers in the industry.

  • Reserve Warden
  • Site Manager
  • Countryside Ranger
  • Estate Worker
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Rights Of Way Officer
  • Ecological Consultant/Surveyor
  • Volunteer Coordinator


  • The College Farm with its incorporated wildlife zones under the Countryside Stewardship scheme
  • Wildlife Observation Unit, constructed walkway and ancient woodland area
  • Fishing lake, attractive to wildlife and wetland species
  • Deer park with a herd of Sika deer
  • Game unit for rearing pheasant and partridge
  • Great links with the industry across the whole of the UK
  • The College has also established close links with a range of landowners throughout the country and has unprecedented access to a wide variety of sites, so that students can experience a diversity of wildlife and its management at first-hand.



Student Story

I absolutely love that Sparsholt is in the countryside and although it’s big, it isn’t intimidating - everyone is very welcoming. The lecturers are so supportive about my dyslexia and the study support centre is great, I got all the extra help I needed. I’m now working with a conservation company, but my ultimate dream is to set up a bat hospital.

Lucy Rasell-White, Extended Diploma Conservation and Wildlife Management

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Clothing and PPE

At the start of your course you will need the following essential supplies:

  • Steel toe-capped work boots
  • Wellington boots
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Heavy duty work gloves
  • Pen, pencil, note book and A4 lever arch folder

NB: For all courses one pair of steel toe-capped wellingtons can replace the need for both wellington boots and work boots.

Sparsholt branded clothing and footwear may be obtained from Creative Images


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