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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.

You can read about what we have been getting up to on some of our previous events Wildlife spotting and What is a hedge 

Day events at Preston Montford

Saturday 29th June 2019, 10.30am - 4pm, Dragonflies and Damselflies - led by Sara Lanyon
Join us on a walk around Preston Montford to learn how to easily identify common dragonflies and damselflies. Find out how to encourage these colourful insects into your own back garden, go pond dipping for larvae and learn more about dragonflies' fascinating lifecycles and ecology.

If you are interested in attending the above day events please email [email protected]

Residential events at Preston Montford (Click on title to go to booking page)

Wildlife Watching Weekend: 26-28 July 2019

Discover the wildlife that lives in and around the FSC Preston Montford estate and learn top tips for wildlife watching. During the weekend we’ll be looking for bats, small mammals, badgers, moths, butterflies and other fascinating invertebrates, and we’ll find out about the flowers, trees and other plants that grow here too. The weekend will give you loads of experience to add to your CV and help you stand out from the crowd and also the chance to meet likeminded people and have fun!

Wild Skills Week: 3-7 August 2019

Immerse yourself in nature. Spend five days on this action packed residential based on land and water. Brush up your wildlife watching and identification skills, have a go at greenwood working, learn bushcraft and take part in workshops to help with interview and presentation skills. 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.

Friday 25th October 7-9pm and Saturday 26th October 9.30am – 4pm, Become a Mammal Detective, Led by Sam Devine-Turner

Would you like to become a mammal detective for a day and learn how to identify and interpret tracks and signs left by mammals as they hunt, forage, make homes and explore? Through a combination of classroom-based learning and following our eyes and intuition in the great outdoors, find out where some of our British mammals live, what they eat and how they move. By the end of the session you will have the skills to find and interpret footprints, burrows and feeding signs amongst many other clues mammals leave behind as to their movement and activity, and you will be able to use your new knowledge to track mammals through the countryside. During this session, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about various ways of surveying for mammals, with the opportunity to see some of our small species up close and personal.
If you would like to stay at Preston Montford on the Friday night please book here (age 16+) There will be a small cost of £5 for bed and breakfast. Book now Email Jenni Duffell: [email protected] or call 01743 852040.

The Growing Confidence Project is funding one place on each of the 4 Preston Montford Natural History residential courses listed below.

These are great opportunities to increase your knowledge and field skills in a range of subjects. For ages 18-25.

Advanced Botanical Identification: Fri 14 – Sun 16 June 2019, only £80 (normally £270)
Identification of Conifers: Fri 18 – Sun 20 October 2019, only £80 (normally £270)
Geology and Scenery: Fri 9 – Fri 16 August 2019, only £150 (normally £495)
Monitoring and Surveying for Conservation: Sun 1 – Sun 8 September 2019, only £150 (normally £455)

These costs are based on residential shared room prices.

If you are interested in attending any of these, please send a short application letter including:

Your name and age, your interests in the natural environment, how and why you would benefit from this course, why you should be offered the funded place.

Deadlines for applications: Advanced Botanical Identification (24th May); Conifers (16th Sept); Geology (15th July); Monitoring and Surveying (2nd Aug).

Send to Jenni Duffell: [email protected]

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