We have close working links with many of the major wildlife and conservation organisations and are recognised a leading land-based college in this field. Our academic staff, all of whom have practical experience and qualifications relevant to their particular specialism, are also actively involved in the study and management of ecology, conservation and the countryside.
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 students can experience a diversity of wildlife and habitats and their management first-hand.
Supporting these areas is our own 176-hectare College Farm Estate. The farm estate has a conservation management plan and it is currently subject to an Entry Level Stewardship scheme. The farm operates a viable range of enterprises to service the education and teaching requirements of the courses.
The estate also provides a managed rural environment including an ancient semi-natural woodland designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, a lake with reed-bed, a park herd of Sika deer, a woodland shelter belt with newly established woodland and recreated semi-natural grassland and a Game and Wildlife Centre that resources the development of practical industry skills.