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.

As the country becomes increasingly aware of the importance of the environment to the economy, tourism and local communities so the demand for highly-qualified and experienced people who understand the complex and varied needs of the environment becomes ever greater. The range of skill-sets is wide, from warden, ranger, gamekeeper, guide to specialist scientist and eco-tourism.

Higher education courses are on offer to suit both people looking for a career change into Countryside Management or for those just starting their career in this field.

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 Julie Merrett

Julie Merrett

I undertook a work placement with Natural England at the Avalon Marshes Centre as part of my course. My placement has been an amazing experience and extremely valuable as they provided me with so much on-the-job training and support. I located the only specimen of the rare shrill carder bee from the Avalon Marshes since 2008 while working on the reserves! My work with them also led to me being nominated and winning this year’s BBC Countryfile Octavia Hill Awards ‘Volunteer Wild Hero’.”

Julie is currently completing the final year of her Countryside Management Foundation Degree.

Countryside Management Student Amy Stone

Amy Stone

The countryside industry faces real challenges around climate change and lack of financial support. Conservation organisations therefore need to work in partnership with each other. The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership is a great example of wildlife organisations working together to pool resources and expertise. We have been lucky to receive a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the landscape. With this we have been able to carry out projects such as the installation of kingfisher banks and mire restoration, improve access with new boardwalks and hides, and hire two Bridgwater College Apprentices. These projects are delivered across the various partner organisations.”

Amy studied the Countryside Management Top-up Degree and is the Heritage Education Officer at the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership.