The Growing Confidence project helps young people discover more about wildlife and wild places and have fun learning skills in their local environment. FSC Preston Montford is working in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Fordhall Community Land Initiative.

Our events and courses will give you the chance to work with experts to learn more about the wildlife and natural environment of Shropshire and develop specialist skills. If you are interested in wildlife and the natural world then FSC Preston Montford has got lots of activities and courses which will help you increase your knowledge and build your CV to help you stand out from the crowd.

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The Growing Confidence Project, part of the national Our Bright Future Programme, is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.



Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) has a ‘Focus on Action for Conservation: Our work building the next generation of environmental leaders’ in December 2019. Click on this link to find out about all the amazing activities that are happening around the country involving young people. Our Bright Future and Growing Confidence feature in this publication.

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Day and residential events

There are currently no day or residential events scheduled.

Due to Covid-19 we have sadly had to cancel events this summer. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We are planning to run online events and further details will be posted on social media and this webpage shortly.

Funded places on Preston Monford Natural History courses

For ages 18-25

The Growing Confidence Project is funding one place on the following 2020 Preston Montford Natural History residential courses.

These are great opportunities to increase your knowledge and field skills in a range of subjects.

Course Course date Application datePrice
Land Mammal Identification28th-31st August 20203rd August 2020£120
Monitoring and Surveying for Conservation30th August-6th September 20203rd August 2020£150

These costs are approximately a third of the full price and are based on residential shared room prices.

The funded places are not offered as part of the MMU MSc/PGCert programmes.

If you are interested in attending any of these, please send a short application letter to Jenni Duffell (details below) including: Your name and age, your interests in the natural environment, how and why you would benefit from this course, why you should be offered the funded place.

To book either a day or residential event (including any accommodation you require), please email Jenni Duffell: [email protected] or call 01743 852040.

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