Game management seed donation

Game Management students to benefit from seed donation

Game Management students will be able to learn more about managing habitat for game birds thanks to a donation of game cover seed from Kings, UK and European specialists in game cover, conservation and cover crops.

Our Countryside Department has received enough Poacher maize, Campaign Mix and Moir Mix to cover five acres of land. The seed will be grown across nine plots on the college farm and will deliver great shooting value according to game management course manager Matt Goodall.

Our game management students will establish the crops in the next few weeks, eventually using them to run a shoot day as one of their assessments. The crops will be managed by around thirty students over the next two years. The project will help them to recognise how the different species of game cover work for birds such as pheasants and partridges by providing feed, shelter and safe areas.

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Matt explained: “The crops are a really useful teaching resource. Rather than me talking about them in a lesson and explaining their benefits alongside pictures, we can actually go outside and look at them in the ground. This is really important because we’re preparing students for what they will encounter in industry during their future careers.

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“The students will be involved in the whole process, from selecting the correct farm equipment and herbicides to choosing the best location for the crops. This knowledge will help them achieve their ultimate aim of rearing the best birds for the day and getting the best possible shooting from the site. At the same time they’ll learn about the conservation aspects involved and how Kings’ crops contribute to this too.

“Meehal Grint, our contact at Kings, has been really helpful. As well as arranging the donation, he has visited the college to talk to students about the role these crops play in game management.”

Meehal Grint, central technical advisor at Kings, said: “Reaseheath’s game management students are the future custodians of our countryside and playing a part in their education is important to Kings. The seed we’ve donated will be accompanied by the expert advice throughout the season that all our growers receive. We look forward to working with the college to help the students really benefit from it.”

For further details on the seed and advice offered by Kings visit: www.kingscrops.co.uk

Student in action during the competition

Forestry and Arb students climb their way to success

Level 3 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture students reached new heights at the UK finals of the College Climbing Competition, held at the Arboricultural Association’s (AA) ARB Show last week.

Our team of second year students were crowned UK College Climbing Champions in Group 2 (less than two years practical climbing experience) while our first year team were second in Group 1 (less than one year’s experience). The AA runs these two annual climbing competitions exclusively for students, with the aim of advancing climbing practice and safety within the industry.

Student in action during the competition

One student in action during the climbing competition

Each team consisted of three students, who had to climb to targets on the outer limbs of 60ft trees, in the process demonstrating branch walking and a log toss to a target area. The students were judged on three criteria: time, safety and best practice.

Our Group 2 winners were Leigh Dewey, James Walsh and Sam Watkiss while the Group 1 runners-up were Ben Worthington, Jay Fogg and Ben Lacy.

We qualified for the final, held at the National Arboretum in Gloucester, after success in the 3ATC Northern and Southern Climbing Competitions in Yorkshire and Devon. As well as team success in the southern heat, Reaseheath’s James Fogg was awarded an individual prize for being the fastest first year climber of the day.

Students Leigh Dewey James Walsh and Sam Watkiss celebrate their achievements

Students Leigh Dewey James Walsh and Sam Watkiss celebrate their achievements

This is our first year on the competition circuit and, needless to say, Course Manager Alan Mottram and his students are delighted at their success.

Said Alan: “This was a fantastic result for the boys who before this year had not entered any competitions – and a very well deserved win! These students are looking to enter the industry as tree climbers and these competitions have given them a fantastic networking opportunity as well as gaining some great experience.”