Field Studies Council (FSC) is celebrating the completion of more than £4 million of redevelopment work at FSC Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae. A special event to mark this took place today.
The centre is now superbly equipped to welcome groups of students, families and local people to the island to learn about the environment and surrounding wildlife.
The celebratory event brought together a wide range of people including local councillors, project funders and teachers. The group enjoyed a boat trip and tour of the improved facilities, and saw first-hand groups at work including a primary class undertaking literacy in the outdoors, secondary students studying biology, and a group of trainee teachers practicing techniques for outdoor learning.
FSC Chief Executive Rob Lucas explained: “Outdoor learning is key to delivering the Scottish Government’s focus on narrowing and ultimately closing the attainment gap. FSC uses the environment to enrich many areas of the curriculum, from traditional subjects like geography and biology, to numeracy or literacy.”
Some of today's attendees, including children from Cumbrae Primary School
Millport welcomes everyone, tourists as well as learners and the local community, to take part in special events, visit the museum and aquarium or even on a family holiday.
Field Studies Council would not have been able to carry out the improvements without the support and generous external funding from bodies including North Ayrshire Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprises and the Coastal Communities Fund.
Local councillor and Cabinet Member for Economy Alex Gallagher said: “The centre brings tremendous benefits to Cumbrae and North Ayrshire too.
“It attracts a lot of people to the island, providing a boost for the local economy, and we’re proud that Millport is home to an international-class facility.”