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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

1972 Lorna Shipp, Betws-y-coed - FSC Nettlecombe Court , The Leonard Wills Centre

My field courses (two of which were at FSC Centres) were probably the most inspirational and most memorable part of my education.

For my A level Biology, four of us went (unaccompanied by a teacher) by public transport to Nettlecombe for a week’s Freshwater Ecology field course – taught by Adrian Bayley (who later became Warden of Preston Montford). I have memories of having to kick sample the stream at the dead of night in the local graveyard as part of a 24 hour stream study! My second FSC field course was at Malham Tarn as part of my university Environmental Science course, – where we spent six days shrouded in mist and on the last day we eventually got to see the stunning scenery in glorious sunshine.

After university, I replied to a job advert in the New Scientist for a ‘Student Help’(as Centre Assistants were then called) at FSC Rhyd-y-creuau and was fortunate to get the job, working partly in the office and partly in the kitchen. I was employed by Tony Scharer, the then Warden, “for five weeks until the end of the season” but it is such a lovely and inspirational place to work that I am still here nearly 40 years later, working as Centre Administrator! It is a real privilege to live and work in such a beautiful place and with such lovely colleagues, many of whom have become life-long friends.