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Wildlife & Conservation Courses in Guildford, Surrey

Merrist Wood College has a 400 acre outdoor classroom perfect for studying wildlife and conservation, with woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, and a fully functioning farm with rare breed sheep and cows, pigs, goats, llamas, chicken and ducks.

Our courses are run by professional staff who are passionate about conservation, and have strong links with local organisations such as the Surrey Wildlife Trust. You will learn a wide range of wildlife and conservation skills and will be trained in the safe use of machinery in our specialist workshops. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in estate management, the annual lambing season and traditional greenwood crafts such as charcoal burning and coppicing.

Many of our former students have moved on to work for local and national organisations such as the National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust. There really is no better place to study Wildlife and Conservation than at Merrist Wood College!

Agriculture BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma - 2020:21
level 3,animal,agriculture,livestock,husbandry

Arboriculture and Countryside Level 2 Diploma - 2020:21
countryside management,advanced practical skills,arboriculture,arb,management,tree surgery,forestry,estate management,estate maintenance
 Adult  16-18 

Introduction to British Wildlife - 2020:21

Wildlife & Conservation (Countryside Management) Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2020:21
wildlife,countryside,conservation,countryside management
 Adult  16-18 

Wildlife and Conservation FdSc Foundation Degree (full-time) - 2020:21


Countryside Machinery

Why Choose Merrist Wood College?

  • 400 acre outdoor classroom including woodlands, wetland and grasslands.
  • Taught by passionate, dedicated staff with industry experience. 
  • Strong links to industry and organisations such as the Surrey Wildlife Trust.
  • Opportunity to help organise the annual lambing event.
  • Excellent work experience opportunities.
  • Chance to get involved with lambing, charcoal burning and estate management.
  • Fully functioning farm with rare breed sheep and cows, pigs, goats, llamas, chickens and ducks.
  • Well-equipped workshops and machinery with instruction by subject-specialist staff.
  • Training towards chainsaw, tractor and trailer and brush cutter qualifications.
  • Extensive field trips to explore a range of sites in local counties.

Jobs in Wildlife & Conservation Management

  • Countryside Ranger
  • Countryside Warden
  • Estate Manager
  • Environment Officer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Wildlife Surveyor
  • Conservationist

Countryside - Sheep Husbandry


Student Soundbite

Sebastian Faye 2018“My course has definitely prepared me for the future, as it has taught me the skills necessary to become a ranger.”

Sebastian, Countryside Management Level 3

01483 88 40 00

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