Are you interested in Gamekeeping?

Have you ever considered becoming a gamekeeper as a career?

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 9:30 am

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are currently recruiting students for the 2021/2022 Introduction to Gamekeeping course beginning this September.

The course is run with the Irish Grouse Conservation Trust (IGCT) and supported by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

CAFRE Biodiversity technologist Nicola Warden explained: “The course will cover a wide range of game-related topics including methods and best practice in predator control, habitat management, game and rough shooting and the role of gundogs.

The population of Red Grouse has soared to over ninety pairs in the Glenwherry Hill Regeneration Partnership area thanks to the work of the Irish Grouse Conservation Trust gamekeeper. Application for the 2021/2022 course is via: or search for “Gamekeeping” on the CAFRE website.

“The cost of the course includes BASC student membership, BASC Safe Shotgun and Safe Rifle assessments and certificates along with a Level Two certificate in Principles of Live Quarry Shooting which is accredited by City and Guilds.”

This part-time course is held over nine days, predominantly on Fridays spread across six months, and starting in late September.

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.

Nicola said: “The number of places on the course are limited and applications can now be made for the course via the CAFRE training courses website at:”

Anyone who would like more information can visit the website above or contact Nicola Warden by calling her on 028 9442 6939 or emailing her on [email protected]