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Natural History Bursaries

Flatford Mill Bursary

Thanks to the generosity of one of our regular visitors, we are delighted to announce the formation of a special 'Flatford Mill Natural History Fund'. This allows us to award bursaries to young adults, who otherwise may find it difficult to attend one of our natural history courses.

If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please download the special application form and attach it to your FSC Courses Booking Form. To download the Application Form you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
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Please note the following conditions.

Bursaries are:

  1. Only for courses offered at Flatford Mill
  2. For courses under the brochure or website headings 'Birds and other Animals'; 'Flowers and other Plants' and 'Habitats and Conservation'
  3. For anyone aged between 18 and 25 when the course commences
  4. For 50% of the resident or non-resident course fee, whichever is appropriate
  5. Dependent on sufficient funds being available at the time
  6. Not available for those in full-time employment whose employers pay the course fee

We hope the Fund may be added to from time to time to allow us to continue making awards. Should anyone be interested in making a donation in this respect, we would of course be delighted to hear from you.

John Blair

Head of Centre
FSC Flatford Mill
East Bergholt
Suffolk  CO7 6UL

Telephone: 0845 330 7368 (local rate)
Email: [email protected]

Suffolk Biological Recording Bursary

Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS) and Suffolk Naturalists Society (SNS) have kindly offered a bursary to support individuals who wish to attend some of the Natural History courses offered at the Field Studies Council‘s Flatford Mill Field Study Centre. The course will provide students with the skills and experience to identify and record Suffolk wildlife.

The bursary will provide for up to 100% of the non-residential fees for courses. Successful applicants will still need to pay for any accommodation booked at FSC Flatford Mill or nearby B&Bs if they require accommodation for the duration of the course.

The bursary is controlled by the SBIS Board with funding partners and the fund is administered by the Field Studies Council (FSC). The SBIS and funding partners decide each year as to which courses at FSC Flatford Mill will be eligible for support, depending upon sufficient funds being available at the time of application.

The Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Be over 25 at the time the course starts (proof of age required)
  • Not in fulltime education

Please note:

  • The bursary is not available to those in full-time employment whose employers pay the course fee
  • If the bursaries are oversubscribed, preference will be given to applicants who are members of SNS (£15 for 1 year subscription)
  • The bursary is dependent on sufficient funds being available at the time
  • In order to obtain a bursary for the full amount of the non-residential fee, the applicant must submit a given number of records within 3 months of the course completing
  • For records to be accepted towards the total required; records submitted must meet the reasonable requirements of the SBIS (in terms of species/site diversity) which will differ between species groups and survey technique. Record acceptance is at the discretion of the SBIS and SNS. If you have any queries relating to recording please talk to the staff at the SBIS.
    • Records must come from a diverse range of sites.
    • Be of differing  taxa
    • Any records supplied must come from within the county boundary

The Process:

  • Contact FSC Flatford Mill to check on availability of the course
  • Complete application form and submit with FSC booking form
  • Applicants will be informed if their application is successful before they have to pay any fees
  • Applicants pay for the accommodation fee and 50% of the non-residential fee
  • Applicants open a recording account at Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service
  • Applicant submits the required number of records to the SBIS in electronic form via spreadsheet or SBR Online
  • Upon the approval  of the SBIS, the FSC refunds the 50% non-residential fee to the applicant

 

Eligible Courses in 2017:

Course

Minimum number of records required

Records submitted to SBIS by:

Identifiying Spring Moths

60

31.06.17

Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological Recording

80

31.07.17

Ecology, Conservation, Surveying and Recording of British Amphibians and Reptiles 40

31.08.17

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families (1)

100

31.08.17

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families (2)

100

31.08.17

Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording

80

31.09.17

Introducing Grass Identification and Ecology

80

31.09.17

Identifying Summer Moths

60

31.09.17

Identifying Bumblebees

40

31.09.17

Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies

60

31.10.17

Introduction to Hoverflies

60

31.10.17

Identifying Moths and Butterflies

60

31.10.17

Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology

40

31.10.17

Introduction to Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets

40

31.10.17

Identifying Plants: Using Botanical Keys with Confidence

100

31.10.17

Wetland Moths

60

30.11.17

Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles

60

30.11.17

Identifying Coastal Plants

60

30.11.17

Identifying Lichens at Intermediate Level

 50 30.11.17

Identifying Fungi

 50 31.12.17

Identifying Autumn Moths

 60 31.12.17
     

Information on natural history courses at FSC Flatford Mill can be found here

Information on Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service can be found here

Suffolk Biological Recording Online can be found here