The Introduction to Gamekeeping course is back!

Date published: 22 May 2023

The Introduction to Gamekeeping course is back and open for applications to begin in September 2023. The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) along with the Irish Grouse Conservation Trust (IGCT) and supported by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) run the Introduction to Gamekeeping course.

Gamekeeping students and Glenwherry’s head gamekeeper, Merlin Becker, IGCT discussing habitat management and how to provide a water source for birds and mammals during dry weather at CAFRE’s Glenwherry Hill Farm.

Nicola Warden, a CAFRE Biodiversity Technologist organises the course and comments: “I am delighted that this course is open again for applications. If you have an interest in country sports or gamekeeping then this course is for you but be quick to secure your place to avoid any disappointment!”

Nicola added: “The course will cover both the theory and practical elements of a wide range of game-related topics including the role of gundogs, methods and best practice in predator control, habitat management, game and rough shooting and wildfowling.  The cost of the course includes BASC student membership, BASC Shotgun Safe Shot and Rifle Safe Shot assessments and certificates, along with a Level 2 certificate in Principles of Live Quarry Shooting which is accredited by City and Guilds.”

This part-time course is held over eleven days, predominantly on Fridays spread across seven months, and starting in late September 2023. The course will be mainly based at CAFRE’s Glenwherry Hill Farm Centre. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to be eligible. A sample timetable can be found on the CAFRE website.

Nicola concluded that: “The number of places on the course are limited and applications can be made via the CAFRE training courses website.

“For more details, please refer to the website above or contact Nicola Warden on 028 9442 6939 or”

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