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Cover Crops

Posted on 13th December 2012 in Countryside, Wildlife & Game Management


30 students studying the Level 2 Diploma in Game Management and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management courses recently enjoyed a trip to the Tower Hill Shoot in Offham, kindly hosted by Ian Barwick, owner of the shoot.

The trip was run as an introduction into cover crops.  Game cover crops provide a wide range of opportunities for growers who want to provide habitat for game and farmland birds.  Some crops supply feed alone, others offer just cover, whilst some provide both.

Marc Bull from Kings Crops, the biggest seed producer in the country, ran the day and gave expert advice using examples from around the shoot.  The students were given a tour of the site and shown the different types of cover crop used, they learnt about the plants and seed mixes and which crop was best for different species.

The students were also given a brief introduction into Game-keeping and the processes involved at Tower Hill by Dean, one of the Game-keepers.

Feedback from students was that it was a fantastic day which has really inspired some of them to pursue a career in Game Management.

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