News Big push to promote fieldwork by school and university students To highlight how important fieldwork is for students, today (14 September) marks the official launch of the Year of Fieldwork, an initiative led by the Field Studies Council (FSC) with Esri UK, the Geographical Association, Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). 14/09/2015 10:05:07 Get involved with Polli:Nation Polli:Nation is an exciting new project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. FSC is a partner in this UK-wide biodiversity project to support schools to help protect our dwindling bee population. 14/09/2015 09:05:15 Get to grips with GIS FSC has developed an exciting new programme of CPD weekends for secondary teachers to gain an understanding of ArcGIS. 14/09/2015 09:05:15 15 Young Darwin Scholarships Awarded The 2015 Young Darwin Scholarships have been awarded to 15 young people who have shown a deep interest in the natural world. 14/09/2015 09:05:15 ID Signpost launched FSC’s Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project ( has launched the ID Signpost, an online searchable catalogue of UK biological identification resources. 14/09/2015 09:05:15 OPAL officially rolls out across the UK with new survey packs To mark the official UK-wide launch of the Big Lottery funded OPAL project, the OPAL team (Open Air Laboratories) have revised and updated their national surveys for people to use in all corners of the UK. 14/09/2015 09:05:15 FSC is proud to present the ‘Year of Fieldwork’‘year-of-fieldwork’.aspx 14/09/2015 09:05:15 FSC Achieves Carbon Trust Standard The FSC have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. 14/09/2015 09:05:15 Real Family Holidays at Dale Fort this Easter Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire will be the first Centre of twelve to kick off Real Family Holidays this year. After the success of last year getting families experiencing the outdoors in the summer holidays and encouraging younger generations to be confident in exploring and trying new things outdoors. FSC couldn’t be more excited to start this year with more Centres and more dates on offer. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 FSC’s Chairman elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Professor Des Thompson, Chairman of Field Studies Council (FSC), has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Des, who is Principal Adviser on Biodiversity in Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), author and internationally-known expert on upland ecology, has a long standing relationship with FSC and became chairman of Trustees in 2014.’s-chairman-elected-as-a-fellow-of-the-royal-society-of-edinburgh.aspx 14/09/2015 09:05:16 When does spring start? 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Save field biology skills FSC's Biodiversity Learning Manager Sue Townsend has contributed to a fascinating piece in Times Higher Education this week calling to save biology field skills from extinction risk. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Polli:Nation project confirmed The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced support for the UK-wide biodiversity project - Polli:Nation, a programme which supports schools and communities in helping to protect the future of our seriously dwindling pollinating insect population. A grant of £1.4m has now been confirmed by HLF following the successful development of the project. FSC is delighted to be a partner in this project. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 The Times top 20 best family adventures for 2015 goes to Real Family Holidays The Times has selected Real Family Holidays as one of their 20 best family adventures for 2015, putting them at the top of the list for holidays under £500pp. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 FSC and Esri UK work together to help prepare for curriculum change FSC have been working with Esri UK, the market-leading GIS company, to incorporate their ArcGIS technology into our courses. With big curriculum changes in geography and science approaching it becomes even more important that we can offer this to students visiting FSC. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 FSC Members' Programme 2015 Book now on one of our special events for FSC members. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Pretty in Pink a new springtail for the United Kingdom A wonderful new invertebrate discovery has recently been made, by former FSC colleague Pete Boardman and we couldn’t be more excited. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Have you seen our new fold out charts? 14/09/2015 09:05:16 National award for FSC Blencathra FSC Blencathra are delighted to have been announced as a winner of one of the country's most coveted awards – a Green Tourism Goldstar. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Our Environment Our Future Our Environment, Our Future is a Big Lottery funded portfolio that will see £30m being invested across the UK to support young people (aged 11-24) to improve their local environments. We are proud to announce that we are part of a consortium, led by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, supporting this work. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 FSC becomes 100th member of National Biodiversity Network 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Real Family Holidays are back! Looking for an affordable way to take the kids on holiday during the summer? Want to get the family spending time outdoors enjoying nature or experiencing an activity holiday?!.aspx 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Botany, bats and butterflies - navigate the natural world in The Royal Parks Field Studies Council (FSC) has teamed up with The Royal Parks to launch a new programme of one-day courses, in urban locations to enable more people than ever to get back to nature. The range of handy, affordable, one day courses will take place in iconic London parks during 2013.,-bats-and-butterflies-navigate-the-natural-world-in-the-royal-parks.aspx 04/04/2013 10:42:06 Preparing for the new A level biology specifications FSC have prepared for the new A level biology curriculum changes to take effect in September 2015. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Biological recording qualifications This academic year FSC has once again joined forces with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to offer two highly successful courses. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 New primary school trips Leading provider of school trips Field Studies Council (FSC) has launched a new ‘pick n mix’ style course builder enabling you to create individual primary school trips to suit your group. 14/09/2015 09:05:16 Outdoors for art courses Are you looking for an art course to brush up your skills, learn something new or just to relax and enjoy a few days away? 14/09/2015 09:05:17 Know the name, unlock the story (Enewsletter April13),-unlock-the-story-(enewsletter-april13).aspx 04/04/2013 10:06:04 Which great species? (Enewsletter April13) 04/04/2013 10:20:50 Preston Montford’s new wildlife review Shropshire-based field centre Preston Montford has recently compiled a report on the array of wildlife that can be found in the various ponds, woodlands and rivers of its beautiful surrounding areas to the west of Shrewsbury. Preston Montford is one of a national network of 17 Field Studies Council (FSC) Centres.’s-new-wildlife-review.aspx 29/04/2013 14:13:42 Exploring the Seashore and Beyond with Monty Halls 29/04/2013 15:13:27 Brilliant bird watching courses See what you can discover about birds with an array of bird watching courses on offer from Field Studies Council (FSC). There are a wide variety of courses available including <i>Bird Identification, Bird Survey Techniques</i> and <i>Bird Watching for Beginners</i>. With spring on the way it’s a fantastic time to start learning about the birds in your garden and local area. 14/09/2015 09:05:23 Scholar success (enewsletter June13) 21/05/2013 07:56:12 Nature Bingo 25/07/2013 15:04:47 GCSE Education Consultations There are currently two consultations in progress. One from the DfE on the draft details of the new GCSE content in core academic subjects and one from Ofqaul on the regulation of reformed GCSEs. 05/07/2013 16:28:36 ASE Summer Conference experience umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml 08/07/2013 13:39:38 Learn, see, RECORD Have you learnt new identification skills on a FSC course over the summer? Have you put these into action in the field? Record your sightings through your Local Environmental Records Centre!,-see,-record.aspx 06/09/2013 10:43:41 Following in Darwin's footsteps Fifteen young people from as far afield as the Isle of Lewis, Durham, East Sussex and Dorset attended the ‘What Would Darwin Be Doing Today’ residential course at FSC Preston Montford this summer as part of the FSC’s Young Darwin Scholarship. 05/09/2013 15:32:29 Weird and wonderful fungi 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Winter wildfowl Wildfowl are great to spot during the colder months. See if you can spot any of these birds this winter: 14/09/2015 09:05:26 LOtC Heroes honoured at the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom 2014 Leading practitioners in the world of learning outside the classroom (LOtC) have been recognised as ‘LOtC Heroes’ at an awards ceremony at Masa Restaurant Winebar in Derby. 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Capturing nature on film As spring is upon us this short film celebrates the beauty of nature as it shows the Salix caprea developing. It was filmed by our John Bebbington, one of our excellent Associate Tutors. 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Labour of love by botanists sheds new light on county’s natural richness The Flora and Vegetation of Shropshire is a remarkable new publication which describes the distribution and ecology of every one of the plants and types of vegetation types found wild in the county. It takes knowledge and understanding of our flora to new levels. This book will play an important part in helping us to know and conserve the special character and amazing diversity still present within the Shropshire landscape.’s-natural-richness.aspx 14/09/2015 09:05:26 A moth less ordinary The discovery of a rare Marsh Pug moth during the recent FSC course Moths in Bushy Park was an exciting find for all involved. 14/09/2015 09:05:26 When did spring 2015 begin? Back in March we asked you to look out for the four indicators which show that it is spring. We received our first replies towards the end of April. 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Adventures on Uist Our Uist Islands trip is taking place this week with the group enjoying a week away exploring these fascinating islands and their wildlife. The pictures show how they are getting on so far! 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Nations favourtite wildlife flower 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Bioblitz Bonanza 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Can you prescribe nature? 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Inspiring the next generations of UK wildlife experts 14/09/2015 09:05:26 Islay – Island of Geese–-island-of-geese.aspx 14/09/2015 09:05:27 My introduction to lichens 14/09/2015 09:05:27 High Quality Outdoor Learning Guide Published A new guide to High Quality Outdoor Learning Guide has been published by the Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel to encourage and support provision of high quality experiences. 14/09/2015 09:05:28