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Countryside and the Environment

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EMBRACING TRADITION AND THE FUTURE  For those wishing to work within conservation, the environment and wildlife management.

Management of the countryside in a sustainable and integrated way has never been more important. Integrating traditional skills and new technologies in an informed and holistic fashion will guarantee habitats and biodiversity for the future. Today’s countryside managers, including gamekeepers, estate managers and rangers need to be aware of legislative and political change, changing scientific understanding and accepted best practice within their sector. Our extensive resources, industry contacts and close work with National Parks, Natural England and other professional bodies ensure that our graduates are industry ready and up date


The College's farms and estates cover over 1,000 hectares across four sites, providing excellent practical facilities for our Gamekeeping and Countryside and Environment students.  Whether at York or Newton Rigg campus all our students have full access to both of these facilities.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

• Gamekeeper
• Beatkeeper
• Estate Contractors
• Wildlife Manager
• Warden or Ranger
• Land or estate management
• Environmental consultancy with international and private organisations
• Technical and advisory roles in government and non-governmental organisations


Our lecturing staff  have critical subject knowledge and strong industry connections allowing them to deliver not only academic excellence but practical industry based knowledge. Our industry connection also helps students find work experience during their studies.

We have strong links with the National Parks and a large number of local estates. In addition we work closely with the  RSPB, National Trust, National Gamekeepers Organisation, BASC and the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust. Working with these partners gives our students excellent employment opportunities.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277