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FSC 70th Anniversary

2013 is the Field Studies Council’s 70th Anniversary year. Read more about the successes of FSC so far and find out how Epping Forest Field Centre is planning to celebrate.

History of the FSC

In 1943 FSC’s founders gathered at the Natural History Museum in London to realise a vision ‘to provide opportunities for school children to study living plants and animals in their natural environment’.  From that initial meeting the Council for the Promotion of Field Studies (now Field Studies Council) was born.

The FSC established its first field centre at Flatford Mill in 1945. In 1952, the FSC was registered as a charity, and new centres opened across the UK including the first day centre at Epping Forest.

The FSC has become known world-wide for its renowned AIDGAP series of keys and fold-out charts. In addition the FSC provides environmental training and consultancy to the education and works with professional practitioners from government and industry.

In keeping with its commitment to the environment, more than half the FSC centres have been awarded Eco-Centre status including Epping Forest Field Centre.


Open day activities include pond dipping.

Minibeast hunting in Epping Forest.
There are a range of special anniversary events taking place at FSC centres to celebrate the 70th. Here in Epping Forest we are holding a free open day for families on 25th July. Come and join us for a taster of some of the exciting activities we run. Try your hand at pond dipping or minibeast hunting, explore the forest with your senses.
We are also collecting special FSC memories of courses, tutors, or FSC Centres. If you have a story to share please visit the website or you can post it to Charitable Development, FSC Head Office, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, SY4 1HW.

If you would like more details about the open day at Epping Forest Field Centre  or the other courses and events for children, adults, families and schools please visit the website or email [email protected]

Monday, January 14, 2013