With an enviable reputation in the industry, our Game and Wildlife Management offering at Sparsholt is complemented by fantastic facilities that aid the training and development of outstanding students.
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.
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.
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.