News OPAL has reached ONE MILLION people More than one million people across the UK have taken part in a unique scheme that allows them to contribute to research on their local green spaces. 21/02/2018 17:15:46 FSC win for biological recording plugin tool FSC is celebrating after being awarded CIEEM's Best Practice Knowledge Sharing Award this week for their unique plugin for QGIS. The plugin has been developed by FSC’s Tomorrow’s Biodiversity ( project to help those making biological records to use QGIS much more effectively. 23/06/2017 14:36:07 Review of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is seeking views on the future of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). AALA licenses adventure activity providers, including FSC, to ensure they are compliant with nationally accepted standards of good practice. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 FSC appoints Mark Castle OBE as next CEO Field Studies Council (FSC) has appointed Mark Castle OBE to be its next CEO, with Mark taking up the role in February 2018. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 Vision England – residential of a lifetime for young visually impaired FSC is working with RNIB on a fantastic initiative welcoming 14-17 year olds with vision impairment to attend a series of exciting and beneficial residentials each year.–-residential-of-a-lifetime-for-young-visually-impaired.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:03 Geography Quality Mark success The Geographical Association (GA) have just announced the 2017 Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) awardees. Field Studies Council (FSC) is delighted to have received the award and Centre of Excellence status for 10 of our field centres. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 £1.23 million National Lottery award to support biodiversity training Field Studies Council, FSC, are delighted to have been awarded a National Lottery grant of £1.23 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their exciting new BioLinks project.£123-million-national-lottery-award-to-support-biodiversity-training.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:03 Brilliant Residentials campaign launched at Millport A new campaign has been launched in Scotland, at FSC Millport, to encourage schools to provide more residential experiences for children and young people of all ages and from all backgrounds. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 Nominations are now open for 3rd UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing Building on the success of the previous two years, the National Biodiversity Network, the National Forum for Biological Recording and the Biological Records Centre are launching the third UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing. Once again FSC is proud to be a sponsor of one of the Awards. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 Real value with Real Family Holidays We have been watching with interest recent stories of parents being fined for taking children on holiday during term time, along with headlines on the all-too-common price hikes for breaks during the school holidays. Neither making life easy for families! 22/02/2018 10:50:03 UK Wildlife in Decline This year there have been a number of news stories reporting a serious decline in the UK’s wildlife across a range of species - something that we at FSC are continuously concerned about. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 Prince Harry visits FSC Epping Forest FSC Epping Forest was delighted to welcome Prince Harry today, who visited the area as to view the local Wood Pasture Restoration Project which is part of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 Courses for approved A level geography specifications FSC has now finalised its programme of geography fieldwork opportunities at A level with a set of courses carefully designed for the new specifications for geography in England and Wales. 22/02/2018 10:50:03 FSC win big with two environmental awards Field Studies Council (FSC) are thrilled after winning twice in two days. The environmental education charity was crowned Best Newcomer at last night's Green Gown Awards, and then presented with a Green Apple Award this morning. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 FSC pledges to provide #BrilliantResidentials FSC is part of the great new campaign for Brilliant Residentials. As part of this we have pledged to work with others to provide more and higher quality brilliant residentials. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 ID Signpost launched FSC’s Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project ( has launched the ID Signpost, an online searchable catalogue of UK biological identification resources. 11/11/2016 12:03:25 Learning Away launch #BrilliantResidentials campaign Field Studies Council (FSC) is part of a new campaign which has been launched today to encourage schools to provide more residential experiences for children and young people of all ages and from all backgrounds. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Professor Ian Mercer CBE - Emeritus President of the Field Studies Council With deep sadness we report the death of Ian on the 19th of September, after a battle with cancer. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 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 Field Studies Council Wins Awards for Carbon Reductions 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Homeless and hungry pollinators are given a helping hand by new survey Pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies, are in decline across the UK. These insects are homeless and hungry, suffering from a lack of places to nest and feed. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Professor Steve Jones on the importance of first hand experience The latest issue of the FSC Member's Magazine featured a fascinating reflection from Professor Steve Jones on fieldwork - from Darwin to his own early experiences visiting FSC. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Many outdoor learning benefits found in new project Children are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn thanks to a new project commissioned by Natural England that has turned the outdoors into a classroom and helped schools transform ways of teaching. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 £33 million invested in the next generation of environmental leaders Three months on from the Paris climate change agreement, more than 30 organisations are using £33 million from the Big Lottery Fund to help young people step up and create what is rightfully theirs: a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a brighter future.£33-million-invested-in-the-next-generation-of-environmental-leaders.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Bishops Wood Centre will become part of Field Studies Council 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Courses for new GCSE geography specifications FSC have launched a programme of geography fieldwork opportunities for key stage 4 students, designed for the new geography specifications which were finalised in February 2016. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 School Travel Awards 22/02/2018 10:50:04 More training opportunities for biodiversity volunteers Field Studies Council (FSC) has secured support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to start expanding its highly regarded biodiversity training work across a new region. It has received ‘earmarked funding’ for a £1.2m bid from HLF for the BioLinks project. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Better Real Fieldwork – Virtual Reality Field Studies Council (FSC) is part of an exciting new educational technology project exploring the value of Virtual Reality environments to complement fieldwork.–-virtual-reality.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:04 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). 22/02/2018 10:50:04 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 Get to grips with GIS FSC has developed an exciting new programme of CPD weekends for secondary teachers to gain an understanding of ArcGIS. 22/02/2018 10:50:04 FSC is proud to present the ‘Year of Fieldwork’‘year-of-fieldwork’.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:05 FSC Achieves Carbon Trust Standard The FSC have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 Have you seen our new fold out charts? 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 FSC becomes 100th member of National Biodiversity Network 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 Biological recording qualifications This academic year FSC has once again joined forces with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to offer two highly successful courses. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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? 22/02/2018 10:50:05 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:06 Training opportunities for biology teachers FSC is working with A level awarding bodies and the IB to provide new opportunities for biology teachers to develop their skills. 22/02/2018 10:50:06 When does spring start? 02/03/2018 10:24:48 75,000 children across the UK join forces to protect precious pollinators 205 schools located across all counties within the UK, are celebrating the news that they been selected to participate in the UK wide ‘Polli:Nation’ project – an initiative which supports schools to provide food and shelter for Britain’s pollinating insects. FSC is proud to be a partner in the project.,000-children-across-the-uk-join-forces-to-protect-precious-pollinators.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:06 Views on fieldwork in A level biology sought The British Ecological Society (BES) is undertaking a very quick survey of A-level biology teachers to ask if the new specifications have altered the fieldwork provision offered to students 2015 and looking ahead into 2016 onwards. 22/02/2018 10:50:07 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:07 Weird and wonderful fungi 22/02/2018 10:50:07 Winter wildfowl Wildfowl are great to spot during the colder months. See if you can spot any of these birds this winter: 22/02/2018 10:50:07 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:07 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 22/02/2018 10:50:07 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:07 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. 22/02/2018 10:50:07 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! 22/02/2018 10:50:07 Nations favourtite wildlife flower 22/02/2018 10:50:07 Bioblitz Bonanza 22/02/2018 10:50:07 Can you prescribe nature? 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Inspiring the next generations of UK wildlife experts 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Islay – Island of Geese–-island-of-geese.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:08 My introduction to lichens 22/02/2018 10:50:08 New programme of natural history, exploring and arts courses for 2016 We are delighted to launch our new programme of courses for next year, offering a huge range of courses learning about or taking inspiration from the natural world.,-exploring-and-arts-courses-for-2016.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:08 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 UK Schools can now apply to become a part of the Polli:Nation! 260 schools will be chosen to participate in the first nationwide project to promote pollinating insects in school grounds!.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Applications invited for Darwin Scholarship Programme Field Studies Council (FSC) is inviting applications to its 2016 Darwin Scholarship Programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for young scientists from around the world to develop their skills in either the UK or Brazil. 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Exploring the Seashore and Beyond with Monty Halls 29/04/2013 15:13:27 Year of Fieldwork at CIEEM Conference 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Marine courses with FSC Environmental charity Field Studies Council (FSC) have launched their programme of 2016 marine courses. 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Scholar success (enewsletter June13) 21/05/2013 07:56:12 Online botany opportunity Do you want to be able to identify wild plants correctly, to use a flora and follow a botanical key? Identiplant is now taking bookings for 2016. 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Flying High 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Nature Bingo 25/07/2013 15:04:47 A Year of Fieldwork - why do we need it? Steve Tilling writes for the Association of Science Education magazine and asks the question why do we need a Year of Fieldwork? 22/02/2018 10:50:08 Ash before Oak - we’re in for a soak, Oak before Ash - we’re in for a splash’re-in-for-a-soak,-oak-before-ash-we’re-in-for-a-splash.aspx 22/02/2018 10:50:09 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 Ancient Woodland Plants 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Young Darwin Scholarship Visit The Natural History Museum 22/02/2018 10:50:09 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 Ne'er cast a clout till May be out 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Spring Index 2016 22/02/2018 10:50:09 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 National Moth Week 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Moth Trapping 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Safety first at FSC FSC staff have been hard at work training on the latest Safety Week. The group of 28 spent three full days learning first aid at work and outdoor first aid skills. 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Plan a Devon-ly October half term We have a few spaces available on Real Family Holidays for a long weekend at our beautiful Start Bay location in Devon. 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Young Darwin Scholarship 2016 22/02/2018 10:50:09 FSC win Best Newcomer at Green Gown Awards Field Studies Council (FSC) are thrilled to have won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2016 Green Gown Awards, which took place last night. 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Putting the forestry into forest education The Forest Education Network (FEN) invites everyone with an interest in forest education to this special CPD event at FSC Bishops Wood Centre on Thursday 23rd March 2017. 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Polli:Nation creating a buzz FSC is a partner in the Polli:Nation project which is supporting pupils from schools to turn their school grounds and other local places into pollinator-friendly habitats. 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Winners of the 2016 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing announced The winners of the second UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing were announced at the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh during an evening ceremony on Thursday 17 November 2016. 22/02/2018 10:50:09 New Key to False Scorpions Discover the fascinating world of False Scorpions with this new guide from FSC. 22/02/2018 10:50:09 Online sessions for A level geography teachers and students Join us this autumn for a choice of free online sessions to help teachers with the fieldwork elements of AS geography and A level investigations. One session is also aimed at students and covers the write up element of their investigation. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 FSC sparks butterfly interest At FSC we love to inspire children and young people about the natural world. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 FSC school visits and the threat from terrorism FSC chooses its field sites and activities carefully and has further reviewed these in the light of the recent increased risks, especially in major cities. In the unlikely event of being caught up in a major incident FSC has robust systems based on best available guidance from law enforcement agencies. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 Welcoming the Next Generation of Darwins 22/02/2018 10:50:10 GA Presidency role for FSC Head of Centre Nick Lapthorn, who is Head of Centre at FSC Nettlecombe Court, has taken up the role of President of the Geographical Association. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 New Outdoor Leaning Opportunities at Tollymore Environmental education charity, Field Studies Council (FSC) has opened its doors at a fantastic new location in County Down. Based at the National Outdoor Centre in Newcastle, FSC Tollymore is providing a wide range of great outdoor experiences for everyone to enjoy. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 Financial help for Young Environmentalists The natural environment is increasingly under threat. FSC wants to inspire young people to take an interest in and understand more about the natural world. Our new Young Environmentalists Fund has been created to offer financial support for 16-25 year olds to enable them to attend a range of opportunities. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 Branching out with online plant identification At FSC, our usual remit is to get people outside, learning about and being inspired by the environment and the natural world. When we think of online courses, we might think of being stuck behind a computer, learning from a screen instead of from a real tutor. However, with Identiplant, an online course run by FSC and the BSBI in the field identification of wild plants, getting outside is what learning is all about. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 FSC is going greener Around 95% of FSC buildings are now supplied with green electricity, thanks to a recent change in supplier to Ecotricity. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 How would you like to hear from us? Do you receive our course brochures by post or email? Next year UK's General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) law is becoming much stricter to ensure you only receive the information that you want from orgnaisations. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 Young Darwin Scholarship applications open FSC has opened applications for its 2018 Young Darwin Scholarship scheme, which aims to inspire and support the next generation of naturalists. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 Research events this spring Several of our centres are opening their doors in March to celebrate some of the research taking place into the wildlife and landscapes of their local areas. 22/02/2018 10:50:10 Lisa’s Marathon Miles for Outdoor Learning One of our Epping Forest tutors, Lisa Keane, is running the London Marathon this year in order to raise money for the Associates of Epping Forest Field Centre, who support the Centre. Lisa is taking on this difficult task with no regular running experience over the past 6 years and is counting on support, donations and training to assist her on this challenging journey.’s-marathon-miles-for-outdoor-learning.aspx 01/03/2018 10:44:01 Green your energy and help FSC 01/03/2018 11:00:18 We're in all the best walking places ITV teamed up with the National Trust and the Ramblers to shortlist some of the nation's favourite places to walk. During a special programme at the end of January the public were asked to vote for their top 10. 01/03/2018 12:40:50 Spring into Moth Trapping Although spring and summer see many more, there are moths active all year round. One of the best ways to learn more about the fascinating world of moths, and the 2,000+ species in the UK is by doing some moth trapping. 01/03/2018 14:16:40 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. 21/12/2015 13:06:16 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. 21/12/2015 13:06:39 Has Spring sprung? 25/02/2016 13:41:15 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. 21/12/2015 13:08:39 Know the name, unlock the story (Enewsletter April13),-unlock-the-story-(enewsletter-april13).aspx 04/04/2013 10:06:04 Which great species? 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