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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

1975 Michael Horsley, Durham - FSC Malham Tarn

I first came to FSC Malham with my wife Angela in the 70’s after a WEA botany course at Durham University Extra Mural Department run by Dr Margaret Bradshaw. It was amazing!

It provided a new experience learning about plants in such diverse habitats and with people with similar enthusiasms. The hours were long but that meant we could fit more in.

We also took our 2 boys first to Flatford Mill on a family natural history course which they thoroughly enjoyed. We did so many different things. Then further afield we joined Ros Bennett on a family trip to Kos in 1994. The trip to the volcano crater is still remembered where the ground was hot enough to cook an egg.

Now they have flown the nest we have returned to the FSC for various botany courses. Angela has completed the certificate course run in conjunction with Birmingham University and found the training in recording and further id skills has helped with her volunteering with such as the North Pennines AONB Hay Meadow Project. All university students on ecology related courses should have to complete this course!

We continue to enjoy the outdoors with the added pleasure of a better knowledge of what is about us. Angela continues to extend her knowledge of different plant groups.