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.

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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How to get involved

We have regular day events at FSC Preston Montford for people aged 15-25 when we focus on species, habitats, environments or skills. So far this year we have looked at tree identification, studied our bee hotel and identified moths and you can find out about all our future events by choosing Growing Confidence on the filter under Opportunities for Young People.

Day events

Wild Winter Art, led by Sara Lanyon and Mike Ashton –
Saturday 7th December 2019 10.30am – 4pm

Even in the depths of winter, there are ways to share your love of the natural world. Why not turn your knowledge and passion into beautiful, unusual and creative gifts this year? We’ll explore a local wild place, collect ‘found objects’ and make natural dyes, inks and prints. Turn your creations into cards, gifts and wrapping paper all with a natural theme. 

Sara Lanyon is an award-winning environmental educator, using a blend of art and science to develop connection to and knowledge of wild places.  Follow on instagram: sara_lanyon
Mike Ashton is an artist, printmaker, photographer and envrionmentally friendly graphic designer based in Shrewsbury.  Follow on instagram: ma_creative_art

FREE event for ages 11-25 years Funded by the Growing Confidence Project. Transport available from Shrewsbury to Preston Montford.


Residential events

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.

QGIS7th-10th February 202017th January 2020£120
Biological Recording17th-20th April 20202nd March 2020£120
Birds in the Shropshire Springtime24th-26th April 20202nd March 2020£90
Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates 24th-26th April 2020 2nd March 2020£90
Soil Mesofauna15th-18th May 20201st April 2020£135
Reptiles and Amphibians 22nd-25th May 2020 1st April 2020£120
Using a Flora28th May-1st June 2020 1st April 2020£120
Identifying Woodland Plants12th-15th June 20204th May 2020£120
Identification of Bats3rd-6th July 202018th May 2020£120
Identification of Dragonflies and Damselflies10th-12th July 2020 18th May 2020£90
Land Mammal Identification28th-31st August 20201st July 2020£120
Monitoring and Surveying for Conservation30th August-6th September 2020 1st July 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.