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.

Heritage Lottery Fund and Our Bright Future Logo

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

Due to Covid-19 we have sadly had to cancel our face to face events at Preston Montford this summer.

Wild Skills Week
Monday 26th (12 noon) – Friday 30th October (3.30pm)
Ages 16-25
Immerse yourself in nature for a week! Join us on this action packed week of conservation, canoeing, nature watching and bushcraft. You will gain your John Muir Discovery award and also suitable for Gold DofE residential.
To book please follow this link:

Growing Confidence at Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Follow this link to find out about Growing Confidence events and activities run by Shropshire Wildlife Trust:

Online events

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we are sharing resources and activities and will be advertising our online events.

Over the next 3 months, we have set up a programme of regular online events which will take place via Zoom.

Question Time: After the success of our last Question Time event in May (with MP Mr Philip Dunne, Chair of the Government’s Environmental Audit Committee), we thought it would be great to continue the theme, with more Question and Answer sessions exploring some of the issues in more depth. These will be once a month, on a Friday, starting at 4pm. To book into these sessions and submit any questions you might like to ask, please email: [email protected]

Link to the Question Time with MP Mr Philip Dunne:

Link to the Question Time about Flooding and River Management:

Youth for the Wild: These sessions will be an online version of the group that will meet face-to-face again, when circumstances allow. We are developing a programme of: social events, talks, career advice and training. These will be once a month, on a Wednesday, starting at 5pm. To book into these sessions please email: [email protected]

FSC Preston Montford: These sessions will have a focus on Natural History. They are going to be sessions recorded in the field by specialists. These will then be published for you to view on YouTube, on the dates below. The links to YouTube will be posted on here.

Fantastic Mammals and how to find them:

  • For the Flooding and River Management event on 12th June we will be joined by Pete Lambert (River Projects Manager, Shropshire Wildlife Trust) and Caroline Cook (Environment Agency).
  • For the Climate Change event on 17th July we will be joined by Emeritus Professor Geoff Levermore (Manchester University) who was part of the team working for the IPCC who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore for their work on climate change. He has a wealth of experience in the field of climate change, and his particular specialism is buildings engineering.

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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