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Sparsholt College Hampshire unveils new Game and Wildlife Centre


Sparsholt College has officially unveiled their new Game and Wildlife Centre to leading industry figures at an event which celebrated Agriculture, Conservation, Game and Wildlife at the College. BBC1 The One Show and BBC2 Coast and Wildlife Specialist presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff unveiled the plaque at the opening on Tuesday 8 March 2011.

During her address she said: In the UK our countryside is one of our most outstanding and valuable assets, cared for by keepers and rangers who look after the land and animals. Over the years I have worked with many people with skills and knowledge, often acquired at places like Sparsholt College.

Sparsholts Game and Wildlife Centre covers 2,520 square feet and cost 400,000. It is believed to be the only such purpose-built training and education facility in the UK with an egg store, incubation and bird rearing facilities, a demonstration room and specialist carcass handling and butchery facilities.

Robin Taylor-Milton, Learning Manager, Agriculture, Conservation, Game and Wildlife Management says: We are very proud to be able to showcase this building to the industry within the Agriculture, Conservation, Game and Wildlife sectors. The College is already acknowledged as being the home of Gamekeeping training and having this resource for our students and the employers we work with will certainly help cement that position.

In keeping with a day which celebrated all aspects of the countryside, the College also held its annual Cadman Lecture, now in its 20th year. Dr Jamie Dick, Reader in Behaviour and Ecology, Queens University, Belfast presented on Global and UK issues of invasive species and the Invasive Species Ireland Project. Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer, Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust presented on the local issues involving non-native species with a particular focus on the work of HWT in the New Forest.

The prestigious Courtier Trophy for outstanding services to wildlife management was presented to Charles Critchley of the Forestry Commission. On receiving his award he said: There is no doubt that Sparsholt College equips students very well indeed and it has been my good fortune to work with many of them. The College should be justifiably proud of the high standards which are achieved in wildlife management.

Sparsholt Colleges Game and Wildlife and Fishery Management Departments are designated a COVE (Centre of Vocational Excellence). The Game, Wildlife and Conservation Management courses range from Level 1 Diplomas up to BSc Honours Degree. There is also a range of part time and short courses available. For further information please visit or call 01962 776441.

  • Sparsholt College Hampshire, incorporating Andover College, is one of the largest colleges in the South East offering hundreds of full and part-time courses as well as bespoke training for business.
  • The College was recognised in January 2009 as an Associate College of the University of Portsmouth which validates the degree programmes at the Sparsholt College campus.
  • The Sparsholt College campus is recognised as one of the countrys leading colleges for outdoor and land based industries.
  • The Andover College campus serves North Hampshire with a range of academic and vocational qualifications and includes a dedicated Sixth Form Academy.
  • The College holds three Centre of Vocational Excellence Awards in: Game, Wildlife, Countryside Management and Fishery Studies; Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing; and Leadership and Management.
  • The College has achieved the Matrix Standard accreditation for delivering information, advice and guidance services.
  • Sparsholt College Hampshire is on the UK government’s Register of Education and Training Providers. The Sponsor Licence Number (SLN) on this register is G0J84DCF3.
  • In 2009 The College was assessed for the quality of its Higher Education provision by the Universities and Colleges of Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency and received endorsements for the many areas of good practice.

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