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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

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.

The centre has been welcoming school and college groups, families, adults and environment professionals of all ages, helping them to develop their knowledge about the countryside, its wildlife and the environment.

Enjoying a stunning location at the foot of the majestic Mourne Mountains, at the boundary of a 630 hectare Forest Park and just 10 minutes from the coast; FSC Tollymore is well-known for its rich and diverse natural environment, and within only one hour of Belfast. The centre has access to a wide range of field sites including rivers, coastal, woodland and mountains.

With widespread reports that people are not experiencing wildlife and the outdoors enough, the organisation’s aim is to ensure as many people as possible are able to come and benefit. Recent studies highlight that access to green spaces can have a wide range of social, economic, environmental and health benefits that FSC plan to make the most of.


FSC has a 74-year history of inspiring and teaching people about the natural world. FSC provide informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment.

Head of FSC Northern Ireland, Noel Elliott, expressed joy at the opening of the new centre:
“We are delighted to have such an accessible and beautiful location in our hands and we are so pleased to be working alongside Sport Northern Ireland at their National Outdoor Centre. Having already been featured on BBC Springwatch with wildlife camera footage right outside, we are looking forward to welcoming many more people interested in learning about our wonderful outdoor environment.”

Mike McClure from Sport Northern Ireland’s National Outdoor Centre, where FSC Tollymore is based, said:
“We are delighted to have developed a great partnership relationship with the Field Studies Council. Tollymore has been providing skills and leadership courses in the Mournes, across Northern Ireland and further afield since 1968, but this new partnership will facilitate opportunities to provide greater understanding of our fantastic natural environment and to engage people more effectively with the forests, lakes, rivers, coast and mountains that we have on our doorstep.”

Find out more about visiting FSC Tollymore

Tuesday, September 26, 2017