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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Helping young people find out more about Shropshire’s wild places and to become the next generation of environmental leaders

Growing Confidence

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

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

Our events and courses will give you the chance to work with experts to learn more about the wildlife and natural environment 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 species, habitats, environments or skills. So far this year we have looked at tree identification, studied our bee hotel and identified moths and you can find out about all our future events here and on the Growing Confidence project calendar below.

Day events…

Sunday 23rd September: Food for Free - Led by Mark Duffell and John Handley

Autumn is the season of fruit, berries and lots of edible delights. See what we can find, learn about which plants are edible and find out how to prepare them. If we are lucky we can taste some of the seasonal delights.

Sunday 18th November: Exploring Shropshire’s Landscape - Led by FSC staff

Meet at Preston Montford Field Centre to go and explore the landscape of the Shropshire Hills. We will find out about the geology, geography and ecology of this diverse landscape. Find out about the social and industrial history of the area and hear folklore and legends too.

Sunday 2nd December: Festive Decorations from Natural Materials - Led by Cathy Preston and FSC staff

Make festive decorations from natural materials; we’ll be using willow and other materials we can find around the Preston Montford grounds. We’ll learn about these materials and plants and how they can be used to create decorations which you can take home at the end of the day.

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 these day events email [email protected]


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

... 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 16-25.

27 - 28 October Water, Water Everywhere

Thinking of an environmental career? This short residential will introduce freshwater ecology and explore water quality and management in rivers, ponds and other waterways. You will have a chance to meet with experts and learn more about careers in the environment sector. 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 protected]

See calendar of all Growing Confidence Project events


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