Module: Game and Deer Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Andrew Davis
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

  • Species and habitat management, legislation and regulation, economics.
  • Lectures by visiting speakers such as a sporting agent, a deer manager and representatives of countryside organisations.
  • Visits to a number of farms and estates, as practicable, to illustrate and discuss the management of shooting and fishing.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Discuss the habitat requirements and management of the major quarry species in the UK (including pheasant, partridge, grouse, trout, salmon).
  2. Discuss the impact, habitat requirements and management of major predator/vermin species in the UK.
  3. Outline the implementation of a deer management plan.
  4. Understand the regulatory background to the use of sporting rights.
  5. Consider the economics of sporting enterprises.
  6. Evaluate the roles of major organisations working in this arena.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Individual field report 40%
Examination Exam (3 hours) 60%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Buner, F. and Aebischer, N.J. (2008) Guidelines for Re-establishing Grey Partridges through Releasing. The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
  • Riddall, J. and Trevelyan, J. (2001) Rights of Way – A Guide to Law and Practice. Open Space Society and Ramblers’ Association. 3rd Edition.
  • Griffith, D. (2004) Deer Management – Quality in Southern England. Dominic Griffith.
  • Sage, R. (2006) Guidelines for Sustainable Gamebird Releasing. Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
  • Sage, R. and Swan, M. (2003) Woodland Conservation and Pheasants. The Game Conservancy Trust.
  • Tapper, S. (1999) A Question of Balance. The Game Conservancy Trust.
  • Tapper, S. (2001, revised 2006). Conserving the Grey Partridge. The Game Conservancy Trust.
  • Price, C. (2003) Game Shooting and the Law. CLA Advisory Handbook.
  • Shoot Benchmarking Survey Results 2010/11 Season. Smiths Gore.
  • The Wild Game Guide. Food Standards Agency. 1 October 2008 version.
  • Game Shoot Standards 2008: User Guidance
  • Value Added Tax – Sporting Rights
  • Game Act 1831
  • Deer Act 1991
  • The Wild Game Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995
  • The Code of Good Shooting Practice 2008.
  • (2005) Partridge Conservation Fact Sheets. The Game Conservancy Trust.
  • A Future for the Hen Harrier in England. Natural England.
  • Proceedings of the 60th Meeting of the SCOCS Sports posted on Gateway.