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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Helping young people find out more about Shropshire’s wild places and to become the next generation of environmental leaders

Growing Confidence

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.

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 here and on the Growing Confidence project calendar below.

You can read about what we have been getting up to on some of our previous events Wildlife spotting and What is a hedge 

Day events at Preston Montford

Sunday 27th January 2019, 10.30am – 4pm: Winter Twigs and Christmas Trees: Identification of Conifers and Broad-leaved trees – led by Mark Duffell

Winter is a great time to get to grips with tree identification; even without their leaves deciduous trees can be readily identified by looking at their buds, bark and any fruits. Likewise conifers display their cones in winter and along with their foliage make interesting subjects to learn about. As well as learning identification techniques, this course will talk about the ecology, ethnobotany (how humans have used them) and other interesting stories for each species. You might even learn which species of Conifers are best as Christmas trees that won’t drop their needles before boxing day.

Saturday 23rd March 2019, 11am – 3pm: Explore the Wonderful World of Soil! – led by Sue Townsend

Join us to discover life IN earth.  Follow a journey of discovery to understand how important it is to have healthy soils to support all life - especially the little things that really matter.  In this event you will see a range of the most important animals on the planet - Pseudoscorpions, Springtails, Mites and Earthworms to name but a few.  You will also find out more - how many different types of soil, are they all brown, what is best for growing crops, what can we do to conserve soils in the UK and overseas. We’ll be taking soil cores for analysis, searching for soil animals and using technical equipment to further understand soils.  Be prepared to get dirty and have fun!

If you are interested in any of these day events email [email protected]

Residential events at Preston Montford (Click on title to go to booking page)

Fieldwork Skills Weekend: 26-28 April 2019

Learn about how to carry out surveys of wildlife and plants and find out about field techniques. During this weekend we’ll explore the Preston Montford grounds and other sites in Shropshire, learning from experts and getting involved in doing some fieldwork! We’ll look at a variety of groups and techniques including mammal, plants, invertebrates, terrestrial and aquatic sampling.

Wildlife Watching Weekend: 26-28 July 2019

Discover the wildlife that lives in and around the FSC Preston Montford estate and learn top tips for wildlife watching. During the weekend we’ll be looking for bats, small mammals, badgers, moths, butterflies and other fascinating invertebrates, and we’ll find out about the flowers, trees and other plants that grow here too. The weekend will give you loads of experience to add to your CV and help you stand out from the crowd and also the chance to meet likeminded people and have fun!

Wild Skills Week: 3-7 August 2019

Immerse yourself in nature. Spend five days on this action packed residential based on land and water. Brush up your wildlife watching and identification skills, have a go at greenwood working, learn bushcraft and take part in workshops to help with interview and presentation skills. This week will give you loads of experience to add to your CV and help you stand out from the crowd when applying for a job or university and the chance to meet likeminded people and have fun! You will gain your John Muir Discovery Award and it is also suitable for Gold Duke of Edinburgh.

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See calendar of all Growing Confidence Project events


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