News 1st National GIS in Schools Conference: Mapping the Future Field Studies Council (FSC) is delighted to be part of the 1st National GIS in Schools Conference, hosted by Wellington College and also held in conjunction with The Environmental Systems Research Institute (esri UK), and The Royal Geographical Society (RGS). 16/09/2013 15:51:45 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. 18/11/2014 17:22:13 In recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in geography FSC is delighted that it has renewed its Secondary Geography Quality Mark from the Geographical association, a strategic partner. 26/09/2013 13:18:05 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. 18/11/2014 17:22:13 FSC becomes 100th member of National Biodiversity Network FSC has joined the National Biodiversity Network this year and becomes the 100th member of the society. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 FSC sharing expertise with Linnean Society FSC will be attending the Linnean Society's Plenary meeting in September, considering the Role of Museums and Collections in Biological Recording. 04/09/2013 14:46:20 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 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Successful coastal habitats training for FSC staff Six FSC tutors have just completed a coastal habitats training course at FSC Dale Fort led by Mark Ward (ETL of Dale Fort and Orielton). The course helped to improve the participants identification, interpretation and sampling skills when working in coastal environments. 04/09/2013 14:27:43 EU teacher training opportunities FSC is delivering several teacher training courses in 2014 which are eligible for funding support from the EU. This enables teachers to apply for their fees to be completely paid but still benefit from high quality FSC training. 02/08/2013 16:38:42 2015 courses now online Have you seen our latest natural history and arts courses - 2015 dates are now online! 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Preparing for the new A level biology specifications FSC are preparing for the new A level biology curriculum changes to take effect in September 2015. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Education Secretary welcomes progress on future of Millport facility Work to secure a future for the Millport marine station has moved forward following a meeting of key partners to discuss funding options. 23/07/2013 15:34:25 New video of FSC arts courses FSC has created an exciting new piece of video finding out why people enjoy arts courses with the organisation. 16/07/2013 15:53:58 Biological recording qualifications This academic year FSC has once again joined forces with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to offer two highly successful courses. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Deputy First Minister of Scotland visit Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon visited FSC Scotland yesterday and enjoyed a look around the FSC centre in Millport. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Fascinating fly discovery A new British fly species was recorded at Field Studies Council’s (FSC) Epping Forest field centre recently following an insect conservation course taking place there. 18/07/2013 10:29:58 FSC Cake Chart launched As part of our 70th celebration we wanted to share FSC’s strong tradition of cakes and and at the same time raise money to support our aim to give 700 young people a birthday present of an FSC experience. 18/07/2013 12:16:13 Special spider discovered in Shropshire FSC’s Young Darwin Scholars discovered a rare Wolf Spider during their stay at FSC Preston Montford in Shropshire this week. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Soaking up knowledge like sponges Seventeen young people enjoyed learning more about the wonders of the rocky shore and all things marine during the recent Marine Science Camp at FSC Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Spotting seashells A brand new chart to identify commonly found seashells has been launched by environmental charity Field Studies Council (FSC). 10/07/2013 14:01:42 Agreement reached over future of Marine Biological Station The University of London announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Field Studies Council (FSC) to secure a sustainable future for its Marine Biological Station (UMBSM) on the Scottish Island of Cumbrae, Firth of Clyde. 23/07/2013 15:35:06 Trainee Tutor Scheme launched Field Studies Council (FSC) has opened its annual Trainee Tutor Scheme this week. The charity is inviting applications from graduates with a curiosity for the world around us, a passion for the natural history of the British Isles and an ability to enthuse and inspire others. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Happy Birthday Kids Fund It’s 21 years this summer since the first FSC Kids Fund course took place when 20 young people from Phab and Shaftesbury House School spent five days at FSC Preston Montford exploring the countryside and learning more about the environment. In the early years Kid Fund supported one five day residential course a year and this year FSC Kids Fund has already awarded 14 grants which will support over 530 disadvantaged young people - Kids Fund has grown! 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Tree-riffic new survey launched The latest survey from Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) has just been launched and will focus on the health of our tree population. Once again environmental education charity Field Studies Council (FSC) has worked with OPAL by producing survey packs through its Publications Unit. 10/05/2013 08:36:10 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. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Blencathra on awards shortlist FSC Blencathra is delighted to have been shortlisted for Goldstar Award as part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Biodiversity Fellowship growing Over 430 people have joined a new FSC project since it began late in 2012 and many have booked onto training courses as part of the scheme. The Biodiversity Fellowship was established to increase the numbers, capabilities and geographical coverage of our volunteer biological recorders and has attracted a great deal of interest in its first few months. 04/09/2013 14:33:35 Conference will explore science and sustainability through outdoor learning An exciting European conference will be taking place in Slovenia from 27-30 November 2013. The event is the second Real World Learning Network conference and will explore how to deliver successful outdoor education. 26/03/2013 10:20:47 The Future of Outdoor Learning in a Changing World Keynote speakers have been announced for The Real World Learning Network Conference, taking place from 6th-8th November 2014 at FSC Castle Head in Cumbria, UK to demonstrate a new model for outdoor learning. Peter Higgins, Justin Dillon and Elena Blackmore will all speak at the event. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Building transformation FSC Preston Montford welcomes a huge number of visitors each year particularly for their varied and high quality programme of natural history courses. In 2014 the centre has been working extremely hard on a variety of changes and additions to benefit visitors even more. 18/12/2014 09:45:41 Support for young people In 2013 we set ourselves the challenge of of giving 700 FSC Birthday gifts to young people as part of our anniversary celebrations. Membership subscriptions and the generosity of donors, Trust Funds and FSC staff meant we were able to exceed our target by offering 731 experiences to young people. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Top 10 Butterflies July is a great month for seeing butterflies, especially if the sunny weather of June continues. Our biodiversity team have listed their own Top 10 Butterflies - all UK species which should be common at the moment: 18/12/2014 09:45:42 The Shieldbug Atlas <b><i>An example of how FSC biodiversity projects are supporting volunteers and local recording.</b></i> 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Holiday season July will see our very first Real Family Holidays taking place. We’re really excited to welcome so many families in the very first year to the fantastic locations on offer. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 OPAL has reached half a million to encourage new nature lovers 25/02/2013 10:45:21 What am I? How many of these plants and animals can you identify from just a small bit? All of these photographs were in our 2014 natural history brochure and you can also find the answers by scrolling to the bottom of the page. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 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 Young Darwin Scholars hold Charles Darwin treasure 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Lessons from Nature - new European training course 20/03/2013 10:14:45 Spring photographers 18/12/2014 09:45:42 What May we see this month? 18/12/2014 09:45:42 GA Conference 2014 presentation FSC Chief Executive Rob Lucas delivered a session on 'The future assessment of fieldwork' at this year's GA Conference to an audience of 130. The session was sponsored by WJEC. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Britain's forest area hits almost 3 million hectares The Forestry Commission has published new maps and statistics showing that Great Britain has about two and a half times more forest and woodland than it had 100 years ago. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Great Bug Hunt! Join in with The Great Bug Hunt 2014 by choosing a local area then spotting and recording the bugs you find there.!.aspx 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Marine Science Camp FSC Dale Fort is offering a unique chance for students to experience a five day residential summer camp, all about marine sciences. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 40 years in partnership with the Open University Throughout my FSC career as an education adviser, then Head of Centre and latterly as FSC Biodiversity Manager there has been a dependable and rewarding constant - the FSC's dynamic partnership with the Open University (OU). 18/12/2014 09:45:42 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? 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Plan a painting holiday Are you looking for a painting holiday to brush up your skills, learn something new or just to relax and enjoy a few days away? 18/12/2014 09:45:42 FSC Members' programme launched Our 2014 programme of FSC Members' events has just been launched with opportunities to visit five FSC Centres. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Gill Stevens Award An award in memory of Gill Stevens, OPAL’s deputy director who died in January 2011,is available to enable children from London schools to get hands-on with nature 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Autumn photography competition 2013 winners Thank you very much to all the entrants of our recent autumn themed photography competition. 18/12/2014 09:45:42 Photography winners! (Enewsletter Nov12)!-(enewsletter-nov12).aspx 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Take a line for a walk Take a line for a walk and explore Blencathra. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Improving our FSC Centres (enewsletter Oct12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 New look for FSC brochures (enewsletter Oct12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Real World Learning Network Conference in the Czech Republic Effective Learning Approaches to Outdoor Learning How do we learn about the world around us? Can we deliver better learning using the outdoors? How can science help to change behaviours towards a more sustainable world? These are just some of the questions that the Real World Learning Network is exploring. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Autumn Photography Competition (Enewsletter Sept12) After the success of our spring competition, which was won with this great image by Tom Bell, we are now running an autumn themed photography competition. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Seasonal species (Enewsletter Sept12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Muddled up migration (Enewsletter Sept12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Seashore Quiz answers (enewsletter Aug12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Painting courses en plein air Enjoy the beautiful natural world on a Field Studies Council (FSC) painting course. Improve your painting technique while exploring a stunning part of the UK. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Inspirational IB fieldwork Inspire your students on one of a new range of IB fieldwork courses which have been launched by Field Studies Council (FSC). 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Changes to FSC Articles of Association Subject to agreement at the FSC Annual General Meeting on 7th July 2012, the FSC's Memorandum and Articles of Association will be updated from the previous version dated 19th July 2008. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Transversal Study Visit – Science Outside Using the natural world for teaching science in March 2013 at Castle Head Field Centre.–-science-outside.aspx 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Butterfly numbers at risk? (Enewsletter July12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Buzzing about bee courses 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Vote for your winning spring photograph (Enewsletter June12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Starting lifelong learning about wildlife (Enewsletter June12) Thanks to a generous legacy from the Saker family, 90 pupils from schools near FSC Amersham are able to visit the Centre for four days each autumn to explore the outdoors and take part in the John Muir Award. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Oily discovery at Oswestry (Enewsletter June12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Quirky caddisfly (Enewsletter May12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 A beeautiful new home (Enewsletter May12) Bee hotels are a wonderful way to help boost the populations of local bees. Many bees live in hives but others set up solitary nests in small spaces like holes or stems. Using lots of hollow tubes bee hotels create ideal conditions for these bees. Having one close by is a great way to observe bees coming and going as well as helping them out with a safe place to live. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Ways to welcome wildlife to your garden (E-newsletter May12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Beautiful butterflies and magnificent moths Learn more about butterflies and moths with an identification course run by the Field Studies Council (FSC). Courses on butterflies and moths include Identifying Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies, Highland Butterflies and Moths and Butterflies and Moths. Find out tips for identification and discover habitats which attract the different species. 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Inspired by London 2012 (Enewsletter April 12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Flower power (Enewsletter April 12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 An island paradise (Enewsletter March12) 18/12/2014 09:45:43 Leap into learning about the natural world 18/12/2014 09:45:44 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. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Creation of a Forest Education Network for England The creation of a Forest Education Network for England is a positive outcome from changes to funding for the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) in England. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Tips for cost-effective travelling For teachers planning an off-site school visit cost is increasingly playing a major part in deciding where to go and, in the case of residential trips, how long to stay. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Olympic fieldwork in East London The 2012 Olympics is a unique opportunity to investigate geography in action – the transformation of a derelict river valley, urban regeneration on a grand scale, the potential for a sustainable Olympics. It’s all here in east London, to be seen and explored. It’s the sort of geography that excites students and can be turned into a great learning experience. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Science Field Trips in Parliament FSC evidence features prominently in the parliamentary report into science practicals and field trips which was published on 14th September. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Creative craft courses this autumn Whether you just want to try something a bit different when the nights draw in or you plan to make your own gifts for the festive season, autumn is a great time to try a craft course and learn new skill. The Field Studies Council (FSC) has a selection of short residential craft courses on offer at their field centres across the UK. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 New training module for Sustainable Development The FSC and partners from Spain, Finland and Sweden have developed a training module for teachers in adult education to help them explore sustainable development. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Key to the earthworms of the UK and Ireland From <i>Dendrobaena</i> worms in compost to lob worms in angling bait, the humble earthworm is justly celebrated. Now for the first time a user-friendly guide has been published to help put a name to all 27 different species found in the UK and Ireland. 11/10/2012 10:17:53 Field Studies Council to run The Start Bay Centre Leading environmental education charity the Field Studies Council (FSC) is pleased to announce that from early November it will be running The Start Bay Centre, near Slapton. Start Bay, which used to be managed by Devon County Council, will continue to offer all of the same facilities and services to customers under the FSC. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Know the name, unlock the story (Enewsletter April13),-unlock-the-story-(enewsletter-april13).aspx 04/04/2013 10:06:04 Last chance to book Earthworm ID day There is just over a week to go to book your space on Earthworm Identification, a one-day course being led by Dr David Jones from the Natural History Museum. Designed to introduce earthworms to anybody with an interest, including those whose appetite has been whetted by the OPAL Soil and Earthworm survey. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Wild about flowers Want to identify that wildflower or just find out more about British blooms? FSC offers a range of wildflower courses for all levels of experience. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Which great species? (Enewsletter April13) 04/04/2013 10:20:50 2013 Young Darwin Scholarship Opens Applications for 2013 Young Darwin Scholarship now open. 04/04/2013 11:55:18 OPAL takes home runner-up trophy at prestigious Lottery Awards The Open Air Laboratories project (OPAL) was recognised as one of the UK's best environment projects at the National Lottery Awards 2011 in London on Saturday 5 November. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 New AIDGAP guide to British Plant Galls The second edition of the popular AIDGAP guide British Plant Galls has been launched by the Field Studies Council (FSC). Containing around 300 keys to galls the guide is a great tool for identifying the many colourful and unusual specimens found on plants in Britain. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium 18/07/2013 12:19:47 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 Lichen courses for all The Field Studies Council (FSC) is offering a chance to learn about lichens with a series of special one-day courses starting next month. Run in association with the British Lichen Society <i>Introducing Lichens 1</i> will include field excursions around the Centres and their surroundings, talks and identification skills. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Field Studies Council response to the Department of Education teacher training plan In response to the Department for Education's announcement on Initial Teacher Training Strategy Implementation Plan, Dr Steve Tilling, FSC’s Director of Communications, said: <i>“FSC welcomes the attention that the DfE are giving to teacher training and the opportunity for organisations such as ours to work with the new Teaching Schools. However, we remain very concerned that fieldwork and outdoor learning will be neglected in future training. In particular, we believe that the apparent decision to jettison all central government guidance – including the outdoor teaching case studies that exemplify good practice – will lead to a further weakening of fieldwork training. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Exploring the Seashore and Beyond with Monty Halls 29/04/2013 15:13:27 Sizzling summer family breaks Traverse the thrilling terrain of the Scottish Highlands, take a safari trip through the scenic Shropshire surroundings, or learn survival skills in the spectacular surroundings of the Lake District, all budget saving <b>summer breaks for families</b> from environmental educational charity, Field Studies Council (FSC). 18/07/2013 10:29:40 Get online today for free teaching resources Mind the Gap has launched its new-look website, offering a great selection of free teaching resources for primary and secondary school teachers. Mind the Gap is an innovative project which explores sustainability issues and encourages students to think about their own lives and communities. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Glacier project going strong Last weekend at the Royal Geographical Society Explore 2011 Weekend Tim Foster, Head of FSC Blencathra, met with Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society and Karen Weichert from the Norwegian Glacier Museum to discuss the success of the Tunsbergdalsbreen Project. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Anniversary celebrations at Amersham 22/05/2013 16:15:12 Scholar success (enewsletter June13) 21/05/2013 07:56:12 The FSC says government response to science field trips report 'lacks teeth' Whilst welcoming the publication of the Government and Ofqual responses to the Science and Technology Committee's report into Practical Experiments in school science lessons and science field trips, the Field Studies Council (FSC) shares the disappointment of the committee's chair. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Project with Pond Conservation secures HLF funding Pond Conservation in Oxford has received initial support for a £900,000 bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ‘People, Ponds and Water’ project. FSC will be helping deliver part of the project. 18/07/2013 12:19:28 Nature Bingo 25/07/2013 15:04:47 5 reasons to try an FSC family break Explore nature and try exciting new activities on a family holiday course with the Field Studies Council (FSC). The FSC is an environmental education charity which offers short breaks for families to enjoy together. Here are some of the top reasons why people choose them: 18/12/2014 09:45:44 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 Leading scientists make a plea for fieldwork The ASE’s Outdoor Science Working group – of which the FSC is a founder member - hosted a policy forum at the ASE’s Annual Conference at the University of Liverpool on 5th January 2012, led by a panel which included some of the UK’s most prominent scientists and science educators including Professors Steve Jones (University College London), Rob Marrs (University of Liverpool) and Justin Dillon (King’s College London). Andrew Miller MP, a local constituency MP and chair of the Science and Technology Committee, also participated. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Alan Hinkes OBE demonstrates outdoor learning with FSC Alan Hinkes OBE took part in the launch of YHA Ambleside by demonstrating outdoor learning with young people. 30/07/2013 11:18:20 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 New Vision North project wins lottery grant The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme committee have today awarded the Field Studies Council (FSC) a vital grant to help fund their new Vision North project, working with visually impaired young people from the North West. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 Autumn Photography Competition 2013 Last year we held a really popular Autumn Themed Photography Competition. This was the winning image by Les Binns 05/09/2013 15:47:33 Fungi found at FSC Centres 06/09/2013 13:54:17 Fieldwork HackDay a real success A unique group of designers, developers, scientists and educators gathered together over the weekend for the first HackDay to be hosted by the Field Studies Council (FSC). Those who attended worked hard creating prototypes and developing ideas for innovative new educational tools such as apps and new software which will help to enhance fieldwork. 18/12/2014 09:45:44 FSC film set FSC are producing a series of short pieces of film to show what natural history, arts and family courses are really like. 27/09/2013 16:57:18 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ The National Trust has launched a campaign to encourage children to get outdoors more, <b>50 things to do before you’re 11¾</b>. It follows their report earlier this year which identifies that many of our children show signs of ‘nature deficit disorder’ and don’t interact enough with nature between the ages of seven and twelve.’re-11¾.aspx 18/12/2014 09:45:44 New workshop on fieldwork for IB Field Studies Council will be delivering an exciting IB workshop on fieldwork and internal assessment for ESS/Biology IB teachers. The workshop will be based at Pang Soong Lodge Field Centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand and take place this December. 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Discover meres and mosses 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Blencathra welcomes boost to rural economy in Cumbria Local MP Rory Stewart welcomed Agriculture Minister Jim Paice to FSC Blencathra to meet with local businesses and announce an investment of £3.5 million into Cumbria's rural economy. The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce estimates this will create an estimated 900 jobs and almost 500 new businesses in the process. 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Young Darwin Scholars Explore Charles Darwin’s Home County’s-home-county.aspx 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Darwin and his birthplace inspire new generations Field Studies Council (FSC) Centre Preston Montford in Shropshire, birthplace of Charles Darwin, is hosting two groups of budding young scientists this month. The groups are taking part in special scholarship courses inspired by the naturalist. 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Success for Biological Recording course Field Studies Council (FSC) is pleased to confirm that they have a new partner for the successful Biological Recording and Species Identification programme, which they have been running with the University of Birmingham for almost 20 years. The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) will be the new awarding institution for the programme ensuring it will continue to run in the future. 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Provenance of meat and meat products at Field Studies Council Centres Field Studies Council (FSC) has for many years had a policy of sourcing food and other products as locally as possible which is an important element of our accreditation through Eco-Centres, Green Business and other award schemes. 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Free teaching resources with Lessons from Nature 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Natural History Museum exclusive for Young Darwin Scholars Last week nine young people enjoyed a special behind-the-scenes visit to The Natural History Museum in London, where they learnt more about the wide ranging work of the Museum and saw some of the collections not open to the public. 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Record success for biodiversity project A recent biodiversity project led by Field Studies Council (FSC) has resulted in over 1,250 species being recorded on just 75 training events. Biodiversity Fellows, or Biofells, is a project funded by DEFRA's Fund for Biodiversity in the Voluntary Sector (administered by Natural England) and seeks to help people identify groups of difficult species including lichens, bryophytes, fungi, and difficult invertebrate groups such as bees, beetles, and spiders. 18/12/2014 09:45:45 Family holidays shown in new video FSC followed one family on their family holiday course experience and captured it on film. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Reaching into the Outside How can we inspire environmental understanding through outdoor activity in the future? If you were inventing an outdoor environmental charity for the 21st Century, what would it look like? 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Site based Education for Sustainability An exciting new Master’s level course, Site-Based Education for Sustainability, has been created for conservation educators. It aims to help deliver education more effectively at outdoor sites, like field studies centres, wetland areas, nature reserves, museums, botanic gardens or zoos. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Real Family Holidays coming soon 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? 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Real Family Holidays launched 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? 18/12/2014 09:45:46 FSC wants to get your kids back into nature Environmental charity Field Studies Council (FSC) has developed a new range of UK holidays at an unbeatable price to help families get out and enjoy the outdoors. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Make sure your family gets the nature it needs With widespread reports that our young people don’t experience wildlife and the outdoors as much as their parents’ generation, Real Family Holidays have been created as an antidote. These new summer holidays offer families the chance to enjoy the freedom and discovery of being outdoors in a simple and budget-friendly way. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Cumbrae marine research station given £1m £1 million funding has been received from Scottish and local government for the the former marine station at Millport, due to open under FSC ownership in February 2014.£1m.aspx 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Where next for field studies and outdoor learning providers? To celebrate 70 years of inspiring young people and the general public, environmental education charity the Field Studies Council (FSC) brought together some of the UK’s foremost education and environmental organisations to forecast the future for the outdoor learning sector. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 OPAL Tree Health Survey a winner with Defra The OPAL Tree Health Survey has been awarded the ‘Civil Service Reform Award’ at Defra’s annual team awards ceremony in London last week. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Charity going against tide of high price school holiday breaks Environmental charity Field Studies Council (FSC) has recently launched its new Real Family Holidays. Only available during school holidays and at a super- affordable price - under £400 for a family of 4 for a week - they are the opposite of the usual family holidays which rocket in price as soon as schools break up. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Holidays are Really booking well The great new Real Family Holidays, launched this year by an environmental charity, are starting to book up, with families keen to take advantage of the great prices and locations on offer. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Groups Helped by FSC Kids Fund FSC Kids Fund has just awarded grants to eight different youth and school groups which will give over 340 young people the chance to benefit from learning more about the environment at an FSC Centre. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Blencathra mountain for sale (but FSC is staying!) A Lake District mountain has unusually put up for sale!!).aspx 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Official opening of FSC Millport FSC Millport welcomed guests to an official re-opening event on Friday 16th May. The centre has been welcoming school, college and university groups since February 2014 when FSC began operating there. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Empty your classroom on 20th June Empty Classroom Day aims to get as many children to be outside the classroom on Friday 20th June, whether learning in the school grounds or local park, or visiting a nearby coast or farm. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Active summer with FSC London FSC London will be offering a host of free, fun and nature-based activities in local parks across Newham this summer as part of the new Coca Cola Zero ParkLives initiative, being launched today. The aim is to offer the community an exciting range of events to get them outdoors and active in nearby green spaces. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 OU and FSC Field Network System FSC is working with Open University on a project to develop a portable network infrastructure for fieldwork. It hopes to enable date to be collected then collated and viewed by groups while out in the field. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Unusual discovery A Large Hoverfly was spotted at FSC Blencathra in the middle of July, quite a rare find particularly for the time of year. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Weird and wonderful fungi 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Countdown to 2015 courses In a few days our 2015 natural history and arts courses will be available to view and book on the website. Visit from <b>Wednesday 8th October</b> and you can see the selection on offer. 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Picture preview The 2015 course brochures are well underway and here is an advance look at a few of the stunning images inside! 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Winter wildfowl Wildfowl are great to spot during the colder months. See if you can spot any of these birds this winter: 18/12/2014 09:45:46 Loopy about liverworts? FSC Publications has just launched two new fold out charts for Mosses and Liverworts, each concentrating on a different habitat. 18/12/2014 09:45:46