Opportunities for financial support to attend an FSC course:

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The Wildflower Society

The Wild Flower Society (WFS) has generously donated a number of bursaries to encourage a wider understanding of wild flower identification among younger people. Anyone aged 18 to 30, who wishes to attend courses in the one of the following categories:

  • Flowering Plants
  • Trees
  • Grasses and Grasslike Plants
  • Aquatic Plants

is eligible to apply for these grants. Please fill out the application form and send it to [email protected] For further details or if you have any questions please call 01743 852100.

For details about joining the WFS, the UK’s society for everyone who enjoys learning about British wildflowers. Tel 01223 830665 or visit The Wildflower Society website 


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The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland offers a limited number of grants for aspiring botanists who want to go on short training courses. Each grant is worth up to £250.

To apply, please download the form from the BSBI website 


The British Ecological Society

Training and Travel grants are available to support the training and development of students and postgraduate research assistants (RA’s) or their equivalents to meet the costs of specialist field training courses. An application form must be completed and grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is no application deadline but instead there are two opening dates within a 12 month period.

Find out more on The British Ecological Society website


British Lichen Society

The British Lichen Society makes small bursaries available from the WallaceBurnettGilbert fund for members of the Society needing financial support to attend lichen courses and field meetings. Application forms are available on the Society website and should be sent to the treasurer for consideration for a grant at least six weeks before the date of the course. Information about the Society, and how to join, can be found on the British Lichen Society website


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Marine Biological Association

Young Marine Biologist and Student Members of the MBA are also eligible to apply for Travel Bursaries to help with costs of attending courses. More information can be found on the Marine Biological Association website


The British Bryological Society

The British Bryological Society offers a limited number of meetings and courses grants for those wishing to increase their experience or undertake training to improve their identification skills. Each grant is worth up to £150. For further details and an application form please visit The British Bryological Society website and select Bequest Fund from the homepage. Note that grants are only available to members of the society.


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Flatford Mill Natural History Bursary

Thanks to the generosity of one of our regular visitors, we are delighted to announce the formation of a special Flatford Mill Natural History Fund. This allows us to award bursaries to young adults, who otherwise may find it difficult to attend one of our natural history courses.

If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please download the application form and attach it to your FSC Courses Booking Form.

Bursaries are:

  1. Only for courses offered at Flatford Mill
  2. For courses in the Natural History section of the website
  3. For anyone aged between 18 and 25 when the course commences
  4. For 50% of the resident or non-resident course fee, whichever is appropriate
  5. Dependent on sufficient funds being available at the time
  6. Not available for those in full-time employment whose employers pay the course fee

We hope the Fund may be added to from time to time to allow us to continue making awards. Should anyone be interested in making a donation in this respect, we would of course be delighted to hear from you.


Suffolk Biological Recording Bursary

Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS) and Suffolk Naturalists Society (SNS) have kindly offered a bursary to support individuals who wish to attend some of the Natural History courses offered at FSC Flatford Mill:

The bursary will provide for up to 100% of the non-residential fees for courses. Successful applicants will still need to pay for any accommodation required.

SBIS and funding partners decide each year as to which courses at FSC Flatford Mill will be eligible for support, depending upon sufficient funds being available at the time of application.

Full details and application form