Liam Stokes  -  Land based education in the 21st century

The Young Nuffield (Bob Matson) Award

I have taught at Wltshire College Lackham for four years, during which time I have developed a passion for the transformative effect of agricultural education. Gamekeeping and wildlife management are my specialisms, and I have taught subjects such as ecology, pest and predator control, landscape history and gamebird production to students of agriculture, animal management and countryside management. I am fortunate enough to work at a college with a fully commercial farm, shoot and river fishery, and I have seen first hand the benefits agricultural education can have for both our rural industries and our young people. 

I am in fact a product of agricultural education myself. Having started a history degree after finishing my A levels I soon realised a career in the countryside was what I really wanted. A BSc in Countryside and Environmental Management from Harper Adams followed, changing my life forever. The purpose of my Nuffield Scholarship is to extend and improve these opportunities for other young people, and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to do so.

Away from work I love to write, to hunt, to shoot and to fish. In fact I like to hunt, shoot and fish and then I like to write about it. I have pieces regularly published in the Shooting Gazette and Modern Gamekeeping, and before long I hope to write a book on the subject. I like to stay fit and active, to which ends I am supported by my lovely wife Beth and my insane spaniel Panda, with whom I share my home in beautiful North Wiltshire.