Certificate in Land and Wildlife


Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Countryside Management and Gamekeeping


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England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife

This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife is for you if you are looking to start a career within the wildlife and countryside sector. There are three main industries that this qualification covers:

  • Game
  • Fisheries
  • Countryside conservation

The game and wildlife industry includes everything to do with the management of upland, lowland, woodland and wetland game and wildlife species, including partridge, grouse, pheasant and deer. A gamekeeper’s main tasks include rearing young birds from hatcheries, making sure game is kept safe from predators, and making necessary repairs to equipment, buildings and release pens.

The fisheries industry incorporates the activities that occur within freshwater locations such as rivers and reservoirs. The activities include the provision of freshwater angling, conserving and enhancing freshwater fish and habitats and securing sustainable fisheries.

Within countryside conservation, you could be surveying and reporting on the condition of an outdoor area, encouraging people to enjoy the environments around them, carrying out habitat management work or monitoring a section of river prone to floods.

Working within the land and wildlife sector often requires working flexible hours according to the season and when jobs need completing. It may involve working long hours and can include early morning, evening and weekend work. Most of their working time is spent outdoors in all weather conditions.

Compulsory topics studied in the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife include:

  • Health and safety in the land-based industries
  • Working in the land and wildlife industry
  • Machinery used in the land and wildlife industry
  • Conservation and improvements of British habitats
  • Estate maintenance

Learners will also be able to choose additional optional topics, including:

Game pathway:

  • Firearms safety
  • Assist with pest and predator control
  • Assist with the maintenance of game and deer populations
  • Game and deer species in the UK
  • Assist with shooting activities

Fisheries pathway:

  • Fish health and biology
  • Game and coarse angling
  • Assist with freshwater sport fishery management

Conservation pathway:

  • Species identification and surveying
  • Environmental conservation of flora and fauna
  • Land and countryside use
  • Countryside interpretation and recreation

For more information, read the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife Qualification Handbook

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land and Wildlife website

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