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Immerse yourself in nature! Spend five days on this action packed residential based on land and water. Explore the River Severn by canoe, get closer to wildlife, learn bushcraft, take part in practical conservation tasks, and share stories, songs and games around a campfire.

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.

Tutor: FSC Preston Montford and Shropshire Wildlife Trust Staff

The course will be led by experienced and qualified staff from FSC Preston Montford and Shropshire Wildlife Trust and other wildlife experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world.

Example Timetable

Arrivals 12 noon.
Introduction to the centre.
Get to know the members of your group and the Preston Montford estate.
Bushcraft activities

John Muir introduction
Find out about some of our nocturnal wildlife around Preston Montford.

Canoe journey along the Severn looking at wildlife.
Bird watching at Venus Pools.

Explore the wildlife of Shropshire at Preston Montford and on a trip out.

In the evening we will have a walk to look and listen for some more of our nocturnal friends (bat walk).

Conservation tasks – help to conserve the wildlife and habitats of Shropshire.
Campfire in the evening - share stories, songs and games.

Make wildlife homes – thinking about the wildlife we have seen this week, what homes and habitats can we help to create?
Team building activities – improve your team work, leadership, confidence, and problem solving!
Share your experiences to complete your John Muir award.
Depart 3.30pm.

What's Included

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Walking boots/trainers
  • Waterproof jacket, waterproof over trousers and wellies*
  • Warm clothing, plenty of layers and changes of clothes. (you may get wet every day). Jeans are not a good idea- as they get cold when wet
  • Personal medication
  • Warm hat and gloves.*
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Wash kit and towel
  • Small day rucksack
  • Binoculars*, hand lens* and camera* for wildlife spotting
  • Water bottle, thermos flask and  lunch box
  • Head torch* (or any torch if not got a head torch)
  • Money – there is a small shop on site

*These items can be borrowed from the centre

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