News 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/many-outdoor-learning-benefits-found-in-new-project.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 10:53:27 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/courses-for-approved-a-level-geography-specifications.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/homeless-and-hungry-pollinators-are-given-a-helping-hand-by-new-survey.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 £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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/£33-million-invested-in-the-next-generation-of-environmental-leaders.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 Bishops Wood Centre will become part of Field Studies Council http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/bishops-wood-centre-will-become-part-of-field-studies-council.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/courses-for-new-gcse-geography-specifications.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 School Travel Awards http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/school-travel-awards.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/more-training-opportunities-for-biodiversity-volunteers.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/better-real-fieldwork-–-virtual-reality.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 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). http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/big-push-to-promote-fieldwork-by-school-and-university-students.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/get-involved-with-pollination.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 Get to grips with GIS FSC has developed an exciting new programme of CPD weekends for secondary teachers to gain an understanding of ArcGIS. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/get-to-grips-with-gis.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 ID Signpost launched FSC’s Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project (Tom.bio) has launched the ID Signpost, an online searchable catalogue of UK biological identification resources. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/id-signpost-launched.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 FSC is proud to present the ‘Year of Fieldwork’ http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/fsc-is-proud-to-present-the-‘year-of-fieldwork’.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:18 FSC Achieves Carbon Trust Standard The FSC have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/fsc-achieves-carbon-trust-standard.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/real-family-holidays-at-dale-fort-this-easter.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/fsc’s-chairman-elected-as-a-fellow-of-the-royal-society-of-edinburgh.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/save-field-biology-skills.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/pollination-project-confirmed.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/the-times-top-20-best-family-adventures-for-2015-goes-to-real-family-holidays.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/fsc-and-esri-uk-work-together-to-help-prepare-for-curriculum-change.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/botany,-bats-and-butterflies-navigate-the-natural-world-in-the-royal-parks.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 04/04/2013 10:42:06 Have you seen our new fold out charts? http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/have-you-seen-our-new-fold-out-charts.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/national-award-for-fsc-blencathra.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/our-environment-our-future.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 FSC becomes 100th member of National Biodiversity Network http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/fsc-becomes-100th-member-of-national-biodiversity-network.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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? http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/real-family-holidays-are-back!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/preparing-for-the-new-a-level-biology-specifications.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 Biological recording qualifications This academic year FSC has once again joined forces with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to offer two highly successful courses. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/biological-recording-qualifications.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:19 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/new-primary-school-trips.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:20 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? http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/outdoors-for-art-courses.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:20 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/brilliant-bird-watching-courses.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:22 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/preston-montford’s-new-wildlife-review.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 29/04/2013 14:13:42 Exploring the Seashore and Beyond with Monty Halls http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/exploring-the-seashore-and-beyond-with-monty-halls.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 29/04/2013 15:13:27 Scholar success (enewsletter June13) http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/scholar-success-(enewsletter-june13).aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 21/05/2013 07:56:12 Nature Bingo http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/nature-bingo.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/gcse-education-consultations.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 05/07/2013 16:28:36 ASE Summer Conference experience umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/ase-summer-conference-experience.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 08/07/2013 13:39:38 When does spring start? http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/when-does-spring-start.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:24 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! http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/learn,-see,-record.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 06/09/2013 10:43:41 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/75,000-children-across-the-uk-join-forces-to-protect-precious-pollinators.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:25 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/following-in-darwins-footsteps.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 05/09/2013 15:32:29 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/views-on-fieldwork-in-a-level-biology-sought.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:25 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/lotc-heroes-honoured-at-the-awards-for-outstanding-contribution-to-learning-outside-the-classroom-2014.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:26 Weird and wonderful fungi http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/weird-and-wonderful-fungi.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:26 Winter wildfowl Wildfowl are great to spot during the colder months. See if you can spot any of these birds this winter: http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/winter-wildfowl.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:26 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/capturing-nature-on-film.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/labour-of-love-by-botanists-sheds-new-light-on-county’s-natural-richness.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/a-moth-less-ordinary.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/when-did-spring-2015-begin.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 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! http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/adventures-on-uist.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 Nations favourtite wildlife flower http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/nations-favourtite-wildlife-flower.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 Bioblitz Bonanza http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/bioblitz-bonanza.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 Can you prescribe nature? http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/can-you-prescribe-nature.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 Inspiring the next generations of UK wildlife experts http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/inspiring-the-next-generations-of-uk-wildlife-experts.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:27 Islay – Island of Geese http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/islay-–-island-of-geese.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:28 My introduction to lichens http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/my-introduction-to-lichens.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/new-programme-of-natural-history,-exploring-and-arts-courses-for-2016.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 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 http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/uk-schools-can-now-apply-to-become-a-part-of-the-pollination!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/applications-invited-for-darwin-scholarship-programme.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 Year of Fieldwork at CIEEM Conference http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/year-of-fieldwork-at-cieem-conference.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 Marine courses with FSC Environmental charity Field Studies Council (FSC) have launched their programme of 2016 marine courses. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/marine-courses-with-fsc.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/online-botany-opportunity.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 Flying High http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/flying-high.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 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? http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/a-year-of-fieldwork-why-do-we-need-it.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 Ash before Oak - we’re in for a soak, Oak before Ash - we’re in for a splash http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/ash-before-oak-we’re-in-for-a-soak,-oak-before-ash-we’re-in-for-a-splash.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 Ancient Woodland Plants http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/ancient-woodland-plants.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 Young Darwin Scholarship Visit The Natural History Museum http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/young-darwin-scholarship-visit-the-natural-history-museum.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:29 Ne'er cast a clout till May be out http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/neer-cast-a-clout-till-may-be-out.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:30 Spring Index 2016 http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/spring-index-2016.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:30 National Moth Week http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/national-moth-week.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/07/2016 09:11:30 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/news-archive/15-young-darwin-scholarships-awarded.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/news-archive/opal-officially-rolls-out-across-the-uk-with-new-survey-packs.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 21/12/2015 13:06:39 Has Spring sprung? http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/news-archive/has-spring-sprung.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 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. http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/news-archive/pretty-in-pink-a-new-springtail-for-the-united-kingdom.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 21/12/2015 13:08:39 Know the name, unlock the story (Enewsletter April13) http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/news-archive/know-the-name,-unlock-the-story-(enewsletter-april13).aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 04/04/2013 10:06:04 Which great species? (Enewsletter April13) http://www.field-studies-council.org/news/news-archive/which-great-species-(enewsletter-april13).aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 04/04/2013 10:20:50