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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

1955 Diana Chadwick, Derbyshire - FSC Juniper Hall

My earliest field course was at Juniper Hall in August 1955. It was memorable for many reasons:

It stimulated hugely my rapidly growing interest in geomorphology (which I studied and taught for many years); it obviously deepened my awareness of Wealden scenery and situations;Geoffrey Hutching provided practical session on landscape drawing (and I still use his book); we all experienced heat wave conditions that sunny August week - the enlivened ants explored our skin as the country's highest temperature was reached in Surrey.  The River Mole shrank and swallowed unfortunate geese whose bedraggled bodies were later discovered many miles north and, every night the plaintive note of recently settled collared doves emanated from nearby woods.  The rich flora of the Chalk was, of course, an added delight.

Over the years I attended many further courses: Malham provided ample information on carboniferous limestone and its associated drainage features; Slapton's lichen course covered a wide range of locations (as well as the opportunity to feed badgers each evening at a nearby secret sett!); Flatford's watercolour course inevitably challenged basic learners and Will Lott's cottage was more than a trifle damp - but the standard of teaching at each was most encouraging.