FSC Preston Montford has been an outdoor classroom since 1957 and is a Field Studies Council centre. We deliver curriculum related outdoor education by the experts; from pre-school to Masters level; for infants, school students, undergraduates and enquiring adults with an interest in the natural world. Courses for schools and individuals. A venue for others to use; with bed space for 130, catering facilities and 7 fully equipped teaching and meeting spaces.
For visitors with time on their hands at the Field Centre our Education Assistant team has developed a self guided trail around some of the trees on the estate. This is aimed at our younger visitors and links into an informative display in Darwin building with more detailed information about living trees, woodland and deadwood.
Keystage 1 and 2 residential groups at FSC Preston Montford- Learning Outside the Classroom
Bomere Heath, Cleves, Cranford, Eversfield, Holy Trinity, King Henry VIII, North London Collegiate, Oxon, South Farnham, Surrey Hills and Tettenhall College have all brought junior school groups to work with us at FSC Preston Montford this spring.Every programme is developed individually for each school but there are a number of common experiences.
Visiting the exploratorium and orienteering around the grounds have been done by practically all groups.
Natural history is usually encountered on the Centre estate in lessons around the ponds and woods. After lessons the resident snails provide a great source of interest particularly on the warm, damp evenings there have been so many of this year. The commonest snails are the banded Cepaea nemoralis which come in a variety of colours and forms.
For history and heritage the fantastic Victorian opportunities provided
by Ironbridge are always a popular choice and an adventurous exploration
of the Shropshire Hills feature in most programmes.
Juniors students are always enthusiastic and they certainly make the Centre come alive whether they are singing around a bonfire in the evening or making dens in the bushes before work starts in the morning
Following on from this year's successful courses on Solitary Bees and Bumblebees run by Ian Cheeseborough we are pleased to announce that the FSC Preston Montford Bee Hotel has residents in one of the rustic style accommodation blocks.
You can tell they are resident because they shut the door behind them
Ian will be running a weekend course on Dragonflies and Damselflies from July 6- 8th this year and the bee and dragonfly courses will be running again in 2012
A day on Dragonflies and Damselflies was organised by Gareth
Parry the Shropshire County Council Wildlife Officer. This was held at FSC
Preston Montford making use of our ponds and was lead by Sue McLamb, the Shropshire
County Dragonfly recorder. Sarah Anstis-Smith attended from the field centre
adding to her local knowledge and also some dragonfly exuviae to our collection
of interesting things for visitors to look at.