BCA Conservation Fundraising Efforts to Feature on Marlow FM

BCA Animal Technician, Nick Shelley, will be featuring on Marlow FM’s ‘Mid Morning Matters’ (97.5FM) show tomorrow morning (6th April) from 10am to discuss the fundraising efforts of the Conservation Club outlined below. Make sure you tune in to hear all about the important reasons behind the mammoth effort.

On Wednesday 30th May, a team of BCA students and staff are undertaking a sponsored walk from Howletts Wild Animal Park to Port Lympne Reserve in Kent raising money for the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit. These incredible women work 365 days a year patrolling their patch of the Kruger National Park with a particular focus on protecting rhinos. They walk at least 18 miles a day through scorching temperatures monitoring the wildlife and looking for and removing evidence of poaching including snares.

Poaching is pushing all five remaining species of rhino to the brink of extinction. This was evidenced recently by the death of Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino in the world. The Black Mambas work hard to prevent this. More information on these women can be found at http://www.blackmambas.org/ 

To make the walk all the more challenging, Nick will also be wearing the rhino suit featured in this image, kindly donated to the cause by Save the Rhino.

If you would like to sponsor the team or want more information on the walk itself, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Ramble4Rhinos

Cake Sale Success for Stand Up to Cancer

An incredible £137 has been raised by our fantastic Animal Management team in aid of Stand Up to Cancer UK, organized by the team’s Learning Support Assistant, Sarah.
Staff spent their weekends baking, to have their amazing creations judged by BCA’s answer to Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Congratulations to Katherine, Level 1 Animal Care Course Manager, who won ‘Star Baker’ with her incredible Sea Turtle cake – what a masterpiece!
Well done to all involved, including the students who took over cake sales after judges had picked their winners.

We Are Open


We are open to staff, students and visitors, as usual, today – Monday 19th March 2018.

The campus has been gritted, but we ask everyone to dress sensibly with sturdy footwear and have a safe journey this morning.

A Big BCA Welcome

We are proud to welcome DC Vickers as a new member of our Apprenticeship team in the role of Arboriculture Programme Manager.

DC is a qualified teacher holding a BA (Hons) in Education and has QTLS status, is a City & Guilds NPTC assessor, and a qualified LOLER examiner for arboricultural equipment, who has been delivering forestry and arboricultural courses since 2005, initially at Sparsholt College then via their own business, Drivelink Training.

DC also writes for essentialArb magazine with a series called Lets Get Climbing and Forestry & Timber News (produced by Confor, the forestry trade body). DC has written in the past for Pro Arb Magazine too and wrote a book on chainsaw maintenance in conjunction with Makita.

Recently a part of the steering committee with the Arboricultural Association, setting out the five new technical guides that are due to be released to the industry in 2019 and is now on the peer review group for the climbing and rigging guides.

DC came out as transgender back in 2013, describing it as ‘one of the scariest things I have ever done’ but has since met with universal acceptance; naturally enough, treating others with respect is high on their beliefs. DC is married and lives in Farnham, Surrey.

Welcome to the BCA Team, DC.

Book Donations Required

Do you have any academic books that are collecting dust on the shelf? 

We are looking for books in the following areas:

Research & Statistics
Animal Biology
Animal Biochemistry 
Animal Nutrition
Animal Management
Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Health and Disease
Animal Welfare
Animal Ethics
Animal Law
Animal Behaviour
Animal Breeding
Habitat and Conservation 

We are grateful to anyone who wishes to donate materials to the Higher Education Library and ask for the books to be taken to BCA reception. 

For more information, please contact: acampanella@bca.ac.uk 

College Closed – Friday 2nd March


The decision has been made for BCA to remain closed for staff & students tomorrow (Fri 2nd March) due to the worsening weather forecast.

Students should please continue to access work via Moodle.

Stay safe and warm this weekend everyone.

College Closed – Thursday 1st March

Due to the continued risk of adverse weather the College will be closed today – Thursday 1st March.

All students should access their work via Moodle.

Please keep an eye on this page or our social media sites after 5pm for further updates.

College Open – 28th Feb


Please note that the College remains open, it is business as usual today. All paths and roads on the campus have been well gritted.

Please ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear if visiting.

The Conservation Club are Fundraising

On Wednesday 30th May, the dedicated BCA Conservation Club will be walking the 18 miles from Howletts Zoo to Port Lympne Zoo in Kent in a sponsored walk to raise money for the incredible Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit.

Team Leader, Nick, will be undertaking the gruelling walk in a full Rhino costume (pictured), kindly donated for the occasion by ‘Save the Rhino’.

If you would like to sponsor the team, please visit their online donations page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Ramble4Rhinos

Alternatively, if you’d like to join in, please contact Nick on nshelley@bca.ac.uk