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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.

The young people were awarded the scholarships in recognition of their interest, enthusiasm and knowledge of the natural world. The young Darwin ScholaYDS-group 2013rship is part of a long term FSC initiative to support, encourage and provide opportunities for the budding Charles Darwins of the future.

During the five days they followed in Charles Darwin’s footsteps exploring the Stiperstones, the River Severn and the Preston Montford estate.  They indentified plants, worms, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, moths, butterflies, dragonflies and many other insects working together and with the help of FSC staff and other experts.

Young Darwin Scholar Katrina said ‘It was really good learning lots of different things with other young people - you can bond over worms!’

Ned said ‘It’s made me realise how much there is to learn about!’

Thanks to the support of The Jean Jackson Trust, The Cross Hills Naturalists’ Society Clough Grant, The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, the Royal Entomological Society and other generous donors FSC will provide ongoing support and opportunities for the Young Darwin Scholars of 2012 and 2013 and will be offering further scholarships in 2014.

YDS 2013 -worm          YDS-stiperstones

Measuring a worm                                                         Working at the Stiperstones

Thursday, September 5, 2013