“The simple fact is that we are going backwards in biodiversity. We need something significantly different in addition to traditional nature reserve conservation. That is the underpinning case for rewilding.”
Countryside, conservation and wildlife degree courses
Do you see yourself pursuing a career as an ecological consultant, a field ecologist, a biodiversity officer, or perhaps a wildlife reserve or country park manager?
RAU graduates from these degree programmes have gone on to work with the National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and FWAG, as well as Natural England, the Environment Agency, along with heritage organisations such as Historic England and Cotswold Archaeology.
Students have regular contact with people and organisations working within the environmental sector, and incorporate a blend of ‘real world’ field-based learning alongside the more traditional campus-based study approaches.
Foundation degree students will select three practical training courses offered by the RAU's Rural Innovation Centre valued up to £1000 at no additional cost. These include chainsaw, brushcutter, tractor driving, quad bike, hedgelaying, dry stone walling, fencing. In addition, emergency first aid, manual handling and a health & safety course are also mandatory. Employers favour graduates who already have such certificated courses.