Subject Information

Bridgwater & Taunton College is ideally situated for the student wanting to study Countryside Management. Somerset has some of the finest wildlife habitats in the country ranging from the coastal areas along the Severn Estuary, to the wetland areas of the Somerset Levels and Moors, to the high level areas of the Quantock and Mendip Hills, and Exmoor.

A career in countryside management might mean that the outdoors becomes your office! Suitably qualified and experienced people are in demand for these skilled occupations which could involve you in everything from practical habitat management one day, to leading a guided mountain bike trail the next!

The increase in ‘green tourism’ and changes to the Government's environmental agenda such as carbon footprint reduction and carbon offsetting has led to a steep rise in the range and number of careers available to people qualified in countryside management. So whether you are at the start of your countryside career or want a career change, we have a course for you.

More about our Facilities

Follow the links below to find more information on our excellent facilities and what it is like to study a land-based subject at Bridgwater & Taunton College.

What our students say

Countryside Management Student Antony Wingate

Antony Wingate

As part of my programme I have had the opportunity to complete work experience with a local countryside contractor. It was great to gain an insight into the industry and I had the added bonus of achieving an additional brush cutter qualification at the end of the placement, which will look fantastic on my CV!”

Former home-educated student Antony plans to progress to the Conservation and Countryside Management Level 3 Extended Diploma and hopes to become a Quantock Ranger.

Countryside Management Student Mark Blake

Mark Blake

The one thing I love about working in the countryside, is there is no such thing as an average day, every day is different! I believe the best way to find a job and get experience of the industry is by volunteering. The students I have worked with from Bridgwater College show a genuine commitment to local conservation projects which has provided then with valuable practical experience.”

Mark Blake, Somerset Wildlife Trust Brue Valley Reserves Manager.