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The game and wildlife industry involves the management and maintenance of all woodland, lowland, upland and wildlife species. This is an area of the agricultural industry where the hunting of wildlife can involve a sporting element, usually shooting, and contributes to leisure and tourism industries as well.
The industry is such that it must be heavily regulated. It relies on a skilled and enthusiastic workforce committed to caring for the wildlife and environment as well as managing the sport of hunting.
The game and wildlife industry is prevalent in all rural areas of the UK, and the species that are most hunted include:
Protecting the environment is extremely important in this sector, as is boosting recreation and sourcing good quality meat, so there are many aspects of work for those in the industry. Roles within the industry can include managing estates and grounds, supervising hunts and maintaining equipment, making sure there are enough animals in estates, or keeping record of what has been killed and arranging sales.
There are approximately 24,000 people working full-time in game and wildlife jobs, but there are also many opportunities for volunteering, part-time or seasonal work. The work available can vary from season to season, but the skills required in the industry can be transferable to other areas of work. The industry provides great opportunities and is well suited to those who love being outside and who enjoy working with wildlife.