Game and Wildlife Management

Game and Wildlife

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Game and Wildlife management at Sparsholt College has an enviable reputation in the industry as a centre for the training and development of outstanding students, who successfully progress to a career in the industry. This success is built on the outstanding facilities that students use both at the College and in the local and national industry to develop knowledge and skills to a high standard valued by employers.


  • Gamekeeper
  • Deer park warden or keeper
  • Deer stalker
  • Pest controller
  • Gundog trainers


The Game and Wildlife Centre Officially opened in 2011 the Game and Wildlife Centre provides industry standard facilities to practise all aspects of game rearing and game meat processing. The rearing facility includes an egg store, incubator and hatchery, along with an indoor rearing area for winter quail rearing projects. A game larder, cold store and preparation room give students first-hand experience of larder and game meat processing work and allow them to follow deer and game from the field to fork.

Rifle and Shooting Range

We have an indoor .22 Rifle range, a clay shooting site and secure gun armoury. In addition to this, students also complete their rifle and shooting skills development by using an external shooting range. Involvement in deer stalking and local shoots helps to develop an understanding of the importance of robust systems of health and safety management.

Gamekeeping activities

Students develop an understanding of commercial pheasant and partridge shooting through involvement with a range of local estates on ‘shoot days’, supervised by College staff.

Deer and Estate management

The College Estate includes a park herd of Sika Deer, a semi ancient natural woodland area, and a fishing lake which attracts wildlife and wetland species. Students are involved in the management of the deer herd, which includes culling and venison production.

Industry engagement

The Game and Wildlife teaching team have outstanding industry contacts, and students benefit from this with excellent access to exciting work placements, and study tours across the country to experience activities such as stalking, grouse management and a range of shoots from large commercial, to part time keepered enterprises.



Student Story

"I was aware of Sparsholt, and had been told the facilities were fantastic. Visiting just supported that view and I started on the course. All the tutors have been great fun and I have lots of respect for them. The industry contacts they have are also a plus."

Jake Hadley, Extended Diploma in Game and Wildlife

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Clothing and PPE

  • Steel toe-capped work boots
  • Wellington boots
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Country smart shirt and tie for shoot days
  • Pen, pencil, note book and A4 leaver arch folder

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