Countryside Management is about addressing the needs of the natural heritage and environment, and the people who work and play in it, to the advantage of all concerned.

This necessitates a broad understanding of aspects such as:

  • Habitat and species management
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Recreational provision and management
  • Geology and geomorphology
  • Land use and ecology

The factors affecting the wider environment are constantly increasing and range from agriculture and forestry to recreation, urban development and population growth.

These in turn have knock-on effects such as climate change, water and food shortages, habitat and species loss and the impact of non-native species.

Good management of the land and countryside is key to ensure that it can be profitable for those who own and work the land, but also accessible to the public and be done sustainably, allowing wildlife space to thrive.

As SRUC specialises in land-based industries, you can sure that you will be well trained in how to deal with the current and future issues of countryside management and conservation.

Students studying these courses are often aiming for employment as a Park Ranger or working for conservation and protection organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), and the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

Join us in 2019

There are some places still available on courses starting this September: take a look at our Clearing pages for more information

Open Days

Open Day Kings Buildings

Visit us! Go here for information about Open Days and events.

Fees and funding


Everything you need to know about financing your studies.

Change Your Path Bursary

change your path bursary

Re-train with us in 2019 and you could get £1000 towards your studies

Social media

SRUC Countryside Management on Facebook

Like us on Facebook



SRUC Student Recruitment

Telephone: 0800 269 453