South of England Agricultural Society supports Sparsholt College study tours

A grant of £2000.00 from the South of England Agricultural Society has been awarded to Sparsholt College’s Fishery department and the Agriculture, Conservation, Game and Wildlife departments. The funding will go towards three study tours the College is organising for students which are scheduled to take place next year.

Students on the Extended Diploma in Countryside Management (Conservation and Wildlife) course will be off to Snowdonia studying the ecology, agriculture and management of the National Park. The study tour aims to give students from the lowlands of England an opportunity to focus on a completely different part of the British Isles, studying both the dramatic landscape itself and the people working and living within the boundaries of the Park. Many of these students will ultimately move on to work in similar environments around the country and they will be very interested to hear how the National Parks Authority manages Snowdonia as a working landscape and a tourist attraction receiving 8 million visitors every year.    Whilst in Wales the students will also meet local farmers to hear more about the importance of preserving part of the cultural and historical component of the region, they will visit the RSPB at South Stacks Cliffs and the CCW (Countryside Council for Wales) ranger team.

Students on the Extended Diploma and Diploma in Agriculture will be off on a week exchange visit hosted by Naturbruksgymnasiet Uddetorp land based college in Sweden.   Their itinerary includes tours of the Swedish college farm, visits to local arable and livestock farms and local diversification projects. The tours and visits will provide a great insight into living and working in Sweden and enable the British students to draw comparisons between agricultural practices in Sweden and the UK.  For some, it will be their first trip abroad and therefore plays a vital role in widening their horizons and extending their experience.

First year BSc Aquaculture and Fishery Management and FdSc Sport Fishery and Aquaculture students will find themselves closer to home for their field trip.   The two day study tour for Higher Education students to Dorset will provide a range of activities to demonstrate the commercial potential of their study and highlight the important role that science and research plays in Aquaculture.  The tour includes visits to a fish farm, CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science) laboratories, and the Salmon and Trout Research Centre. The visits provide an insight into the role of aquaculture in the UK  and exposure to the potential for UK aquaculture underpins the teaching that follows in the remainder of the academic year.

Caroline James, Learning Manager for the Fishery Department said: “The resources and facilities here at Sparsholt are first class and in some curriculum areas they are one of the best in the country.    We recognise though that to complement the excellent teaching and learning environment here at the College, our students need some experience of other practices and cultures which is why the study programme is a vital part of their studies. Therefore we are very grateful for the generous sponsorship from South of England Agricultural Society to enable us to provide these additional learning opportunities for our students.” 

Sparsholt College offers a number of courses in Countryside Management, Agriculture and Fishery Studies.  For further information, please visit or call 01962 776441.


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