|Great Crested Newt|
|Chafer Beetle larva|
The course began with a walk and a look around the FSC Preston Montford estate which was followed by visits to Shrewsbury to see Darwin sites, down the leadmine at Snailbeach and up to the Stiperstones via The Bog Visitor Centre. A day was spent canoeing along the Severn looking for invasive species as well as kingfishers and otters and another day working with a range of experts to identify as many species as possible on the FSC Preston Montford site.
|On the river|
Thanks are due to a great list of people who contributed to the programme...Mike Morris, Jamie Drummond, Sue Townsend, Pete Boardman, Ian Cheeseborough, Bex Cartwright, Rebecca Farley-Brown, Dan Wrench, Helen Trotman, Peter Sheldrake, Sue Redding and Louise Parker.
The Young Darwin Scholarship programme is a new venture for the FSC as we are trying to support Young People who are considering a future working in the natural environment at key points in their development. Individual support starts with this course but will continue over the next few years in a variety of different guises. There will be a similar course for the 2013 scholars next August. Monitor the FSC website for further details
Adrian Pickles and Sarah Anstis-Smith