News 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:01 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. 19/10/2016 12:11:35 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:01 Field Studies Council Wins Awards for Carbon Reductions 19/10/2016 12:10:01 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:01 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:01 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:01 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:01 £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 19/10/2016 12:10:01 Bishops Wood Centre will become part of Field Studies Council 19/10/2016 12:10:01 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:01 School Travel Awards 19/10/2016 12:10:01 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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). 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 Get to grips with GIS FSC has developed an exciting new programme of CPD weekends for secondary teachers to gain an understanding of ArcGIS. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 ID Signpost launched FSC’s Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project ( has launched the ID Signpost, an online searchable catalogue of UK biological identification resources. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 FSC is proud to present the ‘Year of Fieldwork’‘year-of-fieldwork’.aspx 19/10/2016 12:10:02 FSC Achieves Carbon Trust Standard The FSC have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 Have you seen our new fold out charts? 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 FSC becomes 100th member of National Biodiversity Network 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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 19/10/2016 12:10:02 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:02 Biological recording qualifications This academic year FSC has once again joined forces with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to offer two highly successful courses. 19/10/2016 12:10:03 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:03 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? 19/10/2016 12:10:03 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:04 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 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 When does spring start? 19/10/2016 12:10:07 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 19/10/2016 12:10:07 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:07 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:08 Weird and wonderful fungi 19/10/2016 12:10:08 Winter wildfowl Wildfowl are great to spot during the colder months. See if you can spot any of these birds this winter: 19/10/2016 12:10:08 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:08 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 19/10/2016 12:10:08 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:08 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:08 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! 19/10/2016 12:10:09 Nations favourtite wildlife flower 19/10/2016 12:10:09 Bioblitz Bonanza 19/10/2016 12:10:09 Can you prescribe nature? 19/10/2016 12:10:09 Inspiring the next generations of UK wildlife experts 19/10/2016 12:10:09 Islay – Island of Geese–-island-of-geese.aspx 19/10/2016 12:10:10 My introduction to lichens 19/10/2016 12:10:10 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 19/10/2016 12:10:10 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 19/10/2016 12:10:10 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:10 Year of Fieldwork at CIEEM Conference 19/10/2016 12:10:10 Marine courses with FSC Environmental charity Field Studies Council (FSC) have launched their programme of 2016 marine courses. 19/10/2016 12:10:10 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:10 Flying High 19/10/2016 12:10:10 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? 19/10/2016 12:10:10 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 19/10/2016 12:10:10 Ancient Woodland Plants 19/10/2016 12:10:10 Young Darwin Scholarship Visit The Natural History Museum 19/10/2016 12:10:10 Ne'er cast a clout till May be out 19/10/2016 12:10:11 Spring Index 2016 19/10/2016 12:10:11 National Moth Week 19/10/2016 12:10:11 Moth Trapping 19/10/2016 12:10:11 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:11 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. 19/10/2016 12:10:11 Young Darwin Scholarship 2016 19/10/2016 12:10:11 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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