Land & Wildlife Management

Start your career outdoors with our Land & Wildlife management course!

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Previously known as countryside management, this exciting course is a hands-on, practical programme where you can get outdoors, get hands-on and learn more about nature and the environment around us.

With our Land and Wildlife Management course, you can expect a mixture of practical, hands-on learning combined together with classroom study sessions. This allows you to turn the theory behind your course into reality, as you actually go outdoors and complete a wide variety of different tasks.

Taught at East Durham College's Houghall campus, found in the heart of Durham, you'll take advantage of the college's amazing estate, complete with acres upon acres of varied land, including Houghall woods, farm and the surrounding countryside. We are regularly visited by various different types of wildlife ranging from herons to interesting insects, keeping the wildlife part of our course always interesting, and varied on a daily basis!

Why Study Land and Wildlife Management?

If you love being outdoors in all weather conditions and love nature, this is definitely the course for you.

Studying this course will help you to gain the skills you need to enter into a traineeship with major conservation organisations, or it can set you up for a place at university where you might study a number of interesting degree programmes such as Wildlife Conservation, Ecology, Land Management, Environmental Science and much more! Graduates of this course have even gone directly into estate management afterwards.

You might even find yourself working abroad after this course, where you could be looking after a wide range of exotic animals ranging from elephants to tigers and bears!

What Can I Expect From the Course?

Be prepared for the great outdoors - you'll spend a lot of time on your course outside, surveying habitats and managing the wildlife on the Houghall estate.

Work experience is also a mandatory part of this course - you'll be expected to get real experience with an employer in the field you're interested in, supported by the college.

Former learners have carried out a wide variety of work on the Land and Wildlife Management course, including:

  • Planting heather and other heathland plants for rare butterfly species
  • Removing gorse from limestone grassland to encourage natural regeneration
  • Felling trees to increase light to ponds for great crested newts
  • Removing standing dead tree from banks of a lake to increase ground nesting bird presence
  • Tree planting in ancient woodland sites
  • Invasive species, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam, removal.

Survey methods undertaken by previous groups:

  • Mist netting birds
  • Intertidal zone surveying
  • Reptiles surveying
  • Small mammal Longworth (live) trapping
  • Pond dipping
  • Bottle trapping newts
  • River profile and plant surveying
  • Quadrat surveying for plants and fungi
  • Butterfly egg and on the wing surveying

Apply for the Land and Wildlife Management Course at East Durham College

Interested in this course? You can apply for this programme by clicking on the course below, and also find out more course information about the programme too.

Any questions? Please contact our Houghall campus reception on 0191 375 4700, or email us at

Available full time and/or part time course(s) for 2022/2023 are listed below:

The full time and/or part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the next academic year - 2022/2023.

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