Our estate spans over 1600 acres and is home to a range of typical lowland environments, from river frontage and wetlands to ancient woodland, farmland and a dedicated deer park with a herd of fallow deer. Lackham is also home to its own commercial shoot, which runs throughout the shooting season. Gamekeeping students are actively involved in the management of the shoot and are able to run the shoot days during their studies.
Lackham is set in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside, providing the perfect natural habitat for students to learn the necessary skills and experience needed to launch their career in this ever expanding market. Students are actively involved in the development and management of the Lackham estate, creating and cultivating habitats for British wildlife and learning green woodcraft skills at the dedicated outdoor education facility. Students also undertake field projects and surveys for deer, birds, fish and other native British mammals all found on the Lackham estate.
This course provides an ideal introduction to the rural industries, allowing you to learn about every aspect of countryside management. You will explore gamekeeping, conservation and woodland management and by the end you will know where you want to specialise as you progress to a level 3 qualification. It also provides a basic foundation of practical skills for work within this sector.
You will get involved in managing habitats with hand tools like bow saws, axes and billhooks, looking after pheasants, ducks and partridges, learning about how different species interact in a habitat or using land based machinery like tractors and quad bikes.
Learning on the course is embedded into the Lackham Estate and farm, which have a wide range of enterprises and resources that the students may use. These include woodlands, wetlands and other natural and semi-natural habitats, a commercial shoot and deer park.