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Helping young people find out more about Shropshire’s wildlife

Growing Confidence

The Growing Confidence project helps young people  discover more about wildife and wild places and have fun learning skills in their local environment.

FSC Preston Montford is working in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Fordhall Community Land Initiative and the Plunkett Foundation.

Our events and courses will give you the chance to work with experts to learn more about the wildlife 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 specific species or habitats. So far this year we have had a look at tree identification, studied our bee hotel and you can find out about all our future events on the Growing Confidence project calendar below.

Each Wednesday from late spring to early autumn you can get involved in species monitoring and surveying – looking at what the night's catch from our live moth trap and recording the bumblebees and butterflies around the estate.

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

If you are interested in any of the events just email [email protected]


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 Have a look at our Growing Confidence Project residentials at FSC Preston Montford this summer...

... each residential is packed with activities to build your wildlife and conservation skills, gain experience for your CV as well as spend time with other people with similar interests. These residentials are open to people aged 16-24 and if you live in an area with a SY or TF postcode you will receive financial support from the Growing Confidence project to attend.

20-22 July Getting Close to Wildlife
FSC’s Young Darwin Scholars (YDS) will be sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife with you on this short residential. They will help you discover wildlife in and around the FSC Preston Montford estate and share their top wildlife watching tips. You’ll also find out more about presentation and sharing skills which will  be useful for job or uni applications. Find out more and book  Getting close to wildlife.

4-8 August Wild skills week
Immerse yourself in nature, spend 5 days on this action packed residential on land and water - brush up your wildlife watching and identification skills, have a go at greenwood working and journey along the river Severn in a canoe. You can gain your John Muir award, also suitable for DoE Gold residential. Find out more and book Wild skills week

If you haven't time to join a summer residential  then why not come along to our weekend In October to find out about all thinks watery

27 - 29 October Water, water everywhere
Water is an essential part of life for humans, plants and animals. This short residential will introduce freshwater ecology, give an insight into pollution and the issues affecting water quality in our rivers and waterways.  It will give you loads of experience to add to you CV and you will spend time with likeminded people and have fun! Find out more and book  Water, water everywhere

If you want to know more about the Growing Confidence project at FSC Preston Montford or have suggestions for future events get in touch email  [email protected]

See calendar of all Growing Confidence Project events


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