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FIELD STUDIES COUNCIL (FSC)

bringing environmental understanding to all he FSC is an environmental education charity committed to helping people explore, understand and be inspired by the natural world. Each year over 100,000 people ‘experience’ the FSC through visits to our network of 17 er togeth e centres. Whether a child on m i T one of our family holiday courses, a young person on a school trip, an adult on a natural history course or a teacher or environmental professional on a career development course, the FSC welcomes people of all ages and is committed to lifetime learning.

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Family Holiday Courses 2009

Every year the FSC welcomes hundreds of families on its family holiday courses to experience stunning scenery, fantastic wildlife and exciting activities. They are a great way for the family to enjoy spending quality time together away from the hustle and bustle of busy everyday life. Courses are listed by location starting on page 7.

Also available from the FSC: • Natural History courses 2009 • Arts courses 2009

If you would like to find out more about our Natural History courses or our Arts courses you can request a brochure from FSC Head Office on 0845 345 4071 or visit our website www.field-studies-council.org

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CONTENTS 2 3

Welcome and contents

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Our centres

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What makes FSC family holiday courses so special?

Choosing a course

FSC Family Holiday Courses 7 8 9

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Scottish Highlands The Lake District Snowdonia Suffolk Pembrokeshire Coast The North Downs South Devon and Exmoor The Yorkshire Dales and Shropshire

Additional Information 15

Frequently asked questions

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We are pleased that all our family holiday courses for families and unaccompanied young people form part of the RSPB’s programme for family members and Wildlife Explorers. To find out more about the RSPB visit the website www.rspb.org.uk/youth

WHAT MAKES FSC

family holiday courses so special? £ Stunning locations

FSC family holiday courses are based at FSC field centres throughout the UK, picked for their diverse flora and fauna ranging from the majestic Scottish Highlands to the beautiful South Devon coast.

£ Fun and educational

FSC family holiday courses are filled with fun activities for all the family to enjoy but they also draw upon our 65 year history of providing environmental education. All our family courses are carefully structured to stimulate enquiring minds of all ages in a fun and memorable way.

£ Sharing activities

FSC family holiday courses not only allow the whole family to get away but the activities on each course are designed for the whole family to take part in . . . so families can enjoy actually spending time, participating, talking and learning together.

£ Healthy holiday

All FSC family holiday courses encourage participants to explore the great outdoors. Participants get outside in the fresh air, exercise and keep the mind active by learning all about the natural world.

£ Suitable for a range of ages

Each family holiday course has been given a recommended minimum age to ensure the activities that your family undertake whilst at an FSC centre are both suitable and enjoyable. Some centres run courses at the same times for differing ages to ensure all your family needs are catered for.

£ Environmentally responsible

As all of our centres are based in the UK there is Heal no need to get on a thy holid plane and travel ay abroad - one way to reduce the carbon footprint of your family! Each centre not only helps people learn about the environment but is also run in an environmentally sensitive manner; we have set ourselves challenging targets for our use of energy, water and waste.

£ Our staff

Every FSC centre has a qualified team of highly trained and CRB checked staff working at the centre full-time, all year round. All our staff have a passion for the outdoors and the thing that really motivates them is the opportunity to share in the fun and enjoyment of being in some of the UK’s most spectacular places.

£ Health and safety

The FSC know that ‘having fun’ and ‘feeling safe’ go hand-inhand and throughout our 65 years of experience the health and safety of our visitors has always been of prime importance. The FSC has very clear, rigorous procedures for ensuring the safety and care of all of our visitors.

£ Meet similar families

FSC family holiday courses allow you to spend time getting to know other families with similar interests. It’s a great way for your children to make new friends and many of the families that have been on an FSC course meet year after year at different centres.

All centres which provide adventurous activities are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and all activity sites and buildings are regularly risk assessed. The FSC run a 24 hour duty care system with first aiders available 24 hours a day.

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OUR CENTRES

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SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

SHROPSHIRE

SUFFOLK

Kindrogan Field Centre Tel: 01250 870150 Email: enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org

Preston Montford Field Centre Tel: 0845 330 7378 Email: enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org

Flatford Mill Field Centre Tel: 0845 330 7368 Email: enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org

Situated in wooded grounds on the banks of the River Ardle near to the Cairngorms National Park

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Delightful Queen Anne country house by the River Severn to the west of Shrewsbury

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Lies on the banks of the River Stour. The centre buildings feature in many paintings by John Constable

NC THE LAKE DISTRICT

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THE NORTH DOWNS PEMBROKESHIRE COAST

Blencathra Field Centre Tel: 017687 79601 Email: enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org BL

SC family holiday courses are offered at our field centres throughout the UK. Each centre is set in a stunning location that you will love to explore and has its own unique character. Most are historic buildings, adapted and extended to offer services that visitors need.

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Each centre has recreation areas including cosy bars, lounges, games rooms and large gardens where you can relax and unwind after a full day of exciting activities. All you need to do is pick the location and course that is perfect for your family!

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Occupies a dramatic setting on the slope of Blencathra with access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK

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Malham Tarn Field Centre Tel: 01729 830331 Email: enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org MT

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Set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this centre boasts spectacular views over the sea

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Slapton Ley Field Centre Tel: 01548 580466 Email: enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org

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EXMOOR

Rhyd-y-creuau Field Centre Tel: 01690 710494 Email: enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org

Nettlecombe Court Field Centre Tel: 01984 640320 Email: enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org

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Situated in a wooded valley of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within easy reach of London

SOUTH DEVON

Georgian mansion set in 48 acres of wooded grounds close to the Pembrokeshire coast

SNOWDONIA

Stone Georgian house set in two hectares of wooded grounds nestled in the mountains of Snowdonia

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Orielton Field Centre Tel: 0845 330 7372 Email: enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org

THE YORKSHIRE DALES

Set in a National Nature Reserve in an area of peaceful woodland on the north shore of Malham Tarn

Juniper Hall Field Centre Tel: 0845 458 3507 Email: enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org

Dale Fort Field Centre Tel: 0845 3307365 Email: enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org

Overlooking the National Nature Reserve and beautiful coastline. A short drive from Dartmoor National Park.

Striking Tudor and Georgian mansion located in a secluded valley at the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park

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SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

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Rope ch allenge mazing vistas of the Cairngorm mountains, exhilarating space and peaceful countryside all await you on a family holiday course in the majestic Scottish Highlands. Explore FSC Kindrogan, situated in its own wooded grounds on the banks of the River Ardle and say hello to red squirrel, otter and pine marten, all regular visitors to the centre grounds.

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CHOOSING A COURSE TYPES OF COURSES

Course Title

Centre

Course Description

The FSC offers four different types of family holiday course: Wildlife and Discovery; Creative Family; Active Family and courses for Young People. Each course type is colour coded throughout the brochure to help you decide which course is perfect for your family.

Easter Highland Adventure

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A wonderful opportunity for all the members of the family to enjoy sharing activities and learn more about the natural world.

This activity-filled week gives families the chance to discover the Cairngorm Mountains.

• Rafting • Rope course • Water rockets

Wildlife Explorers

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Explore the amazing and diverse wildlife in the last undisturbed wilderness in the UK the Highlands of Scotland.

Exploring the Highlands

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Immerse yourself in the spectacular Highland scenery and make new friends along the way - a great experience!

• Osprey hide • Small mammal trapping • Bat/otter/pine marten watch • Highland wildlife park

Highland Adventure

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Take in spectacular scenery and take the plunge… Are you ready for an adventure you'll never forget?

Wildlife and Discovery

Creative Family

Unleash the budding artist and express yourself through art, sculpture and the written word using the environment as inspiration.

Go wild and try out new adventurous activities whilst learning more about the environment, all in the safe hands of our qualified staff. Active Family

Young People

A chance for older children to get away on their own and make new friends, try out new activities and have lots of fun! Many of our courses are suitable for Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Awards.

ACTIVITY LEVELS Activity sites may be a short walk away

Every FSC family holiday course has been given an activity rating to indicate the level of physical effort/fitness required. Longer walks combined with light activities

Course will involve strenuous activities and will require a reasonable level of fitness.

Course Title Family Fossil Hunt

Centre DF

Course Description

Experience the thrill of fossil hunting in coastal Pembrokeshire and compare ancient organisms to what’s living there now.

Activities

• Fossil hunting • Walking • Rockpooling

Details

Dates: 22 Jul-26 Jul Activity Rating: Age Range: 8-12 Adult Fee: £164 Child Fee: £131

AGE RANGES

Activities

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Expedition High ropes Highland games Bushcraft Willow craft Whitewater rafting

Mountain walk High ropes Low ropes Teambuilding Whitewater rafting • Wildlife watching

Details Dates: 10 Apr-17 Apr Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 10+ Adult Fee: £367 Child Fee: £275

Dates: 11 Jul-17 Jul 25 Jul-31 Jul 08 Aug-14 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 10+ Adult Fee: £210 Child Fee: £166 Dates: 17 Jul-24 Jul 30 Jul-07 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 10+ Adult Fee: £367 Child Fee: £275

Dates: 21 Aug-28 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 10+ Adult Fee: £367 Child Fee: £275

Each holiday has been given a minimum age requirement, based on our experience of providing family holiday courses, to ensure all the activities are both suitable and enjoyable for every family member.

NO TIME? Want to spend some time with the family but can’t get away for a weekend? Our centres at Epping Forest and Amersham have a programme of day activities, including bat walks, mammal tracking and woodland safaris available during school holidays. Visit our website to find out more www.field-studies-council.org/family

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Wildlife and Discovery

Creative Family

Active Family

Young People

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SNOWDONIA

THE LAKE DISTRICT

New friends

Shelter building njoy the spectacular surrounds of the Lake District, from its crystal clear lakes to its towering peaks, on a family holiday course at FSC Blencathra. The Centre occupies a dramatic setting at 300m on a south-facing slope of Blencathra mountain and offers an unparalleled panorama of the Lake District mountains.

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Go Wild in the Lake District

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A fun course combining the John Muir Award with adventure activities and exploration of some of the most beautiful areas in the Lake District.

Adventures in the Lake District

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This course aims to combine the John Muir Award with adventure activities and exploration of some of the most beautiful areas in the Lake District.

Course Title

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Wildlife and Discovery

Creative Family

Active Family

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Young People

Activities

Details

Hill walking Survival skills Canoeing Pond dipping Ghyll scrambling Cave visit

Dates: 17 Aug-21 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 9-14 Adult Fee: £276 Child Fee: £203

Hill walking Rocky shores Survival skills Canoeing Pond dipping Ghyll scrambling Cave visit Mammal tracking Orienteering

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Dates: 21 Aug-28 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 9-14 Adult Fee: £367 Child Fee: £273

nowdonia's glaciated valleys, cascading rivers and wooded hillsides, full of myths and legends, provide a rugged backdrop for wildlife discovery and adventure activities for all the family to enjoy. Located just outside Betwys-y-coed, the 'gateway' to Snowdonia National Park, FSC Rhyd-y-creuau's family holidays explore this dramatic Welsh landscape.

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Family Wildlife Discovery!

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Splash about in streams, wander through woodlands and poke about in rock pools to discover the fantastic variety of life which thrives in the Welsh countryside.

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A unique mix of survival skills, adventurous activities and wildlife discovery designed to challenge and enthuse you about the great outdoors.

Discover Snowdonia!

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An opportunity to make new friends, develop your skills and gain a deeper understanding of Snowdonia...and yourself! Meets the DofE gold requirements for the residential component and John Muir Discovery Award.

Family Wildlife Adventure

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This holiday mixes fun, adventure and wildlife discovery in the beautiful landscape of Snowdonia. Discover spectacular waterfalls and hear some of the fascinating local legends around the campfire.

Family Wilderness Challenge!

Activities

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• Rock pooling • Woodland exploration • Minibeast hunts • Bat night • Pond dipping

Dates: 11 Apr-17 Apr 16 Aug-21 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 5+ Adult Fee: £182 Child Fee: £156

• Climbing and abseiling • Mountain navigation • Gorge scrambling • Overnight expedition

Dates: 26 Jul-31 Jul 09 Aug-14 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 16-18 Fee: £235

• Mountain climbing • Gorge scrambling • Camp fires

• Rock-climbing • Hill walking • Canoeing

Dates: 11 Apr-17 Apr Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 10+ Adult Fee: £312 Child Fee: £230

Dates: 09 Aug-14 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 8+ Adult Fee: £312 Child Fee: £230

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PEMBROKESHIRE COAST

SUFFOLK

Observing wildlife Bird watching

iscover the rich mosaic of lowland landscapes in the Dedham Vale, so picturesque that it has provided inspiration for many painters, the most famous being John Constable. Find out more about and be inspired by the wildlife found in the countryside around FSC Flatford Mill on a family holiday course.

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Course Title Watching Wildlife with Nick Baker

Watching Wildlife for Families

Drawing and Painting Wildlife for Families

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Course Description

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A special opportunity to share the excitement of watching wildlife in the company of TV naturalist Nick Baker and his co-leader Sue Daniells.

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Join enthusiastic naturalist Tom Forward for this long weekend as he explores some of the best wildlife sites in South Suffolk and North Essex.

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An exciting weekend led by wildlife artist Peter Partington for families who would like to combine an interest in birds and other animals with learning how to draw and paint them.

• Observing wildlife • Drawing and sketching • Watercolour painting

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Activities

Details

Bird watching Bat watching Moth trapping Pond dipping Visit to RSPB Minsmere

Dates: 07 Aug-10 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 9-14 Adult Fee: £210 Child Fee: £170

Bat watching Moth trapping Pond dipping Visit to RSPB Minsmere

Dates: 14 Aug-17 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 9-14 Adult Fee: £160 Child Fee: £130 Dates: 28 Aug-30 Aug Activity Rating: * Age Range: 10-14 Adult Fee: £120 Child Fee: £100

Rock pooling

Boat trip

xplore the beautiful beaches, golden sand dunes and volcanic headlands of the Pembrokeshire coast on a family holiday course at FSC Dale Fort or FSC Orielton. Enjoy days of exploration and discovery to find out more about the wildlife that live in the spectacular Pembrokeshire countryside.

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Course Title

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Course Description

Seashore Adventures

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Have fun discovering the variety of life in Pembrokeshire's many coastal habitats.

Family Fossil Hunt

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Experience the thrill of fossil hunting in coastal Pembrokeshire and compare ancient organisms to what's living there now.

Bugs, Beasts and Birds

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Family Snorkelling Safari

Family Fun

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Wildlife and Discovery

Creative Family

Active Family

Young People

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Activities

Details

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Rock pooling Seine netting Pond dipping Crabbing Beach combing Boat trip Plankton trawling Seal spotting

Dates: 09 Apr-13 Apr 21 Aug-25 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 8-12 Adult Fee: £165 Child Fee: £131

Discover the variety of wildlife in Pembrokeshire. Come and see the puffins on Skomer Island, net for fish and crabs, and learn about the creatures on the seashore.

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Dates: 01 Aug-05 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 8-12 Adult Fee: £165 Child Fee: £131

An action packed three days of adventure above and below the water; snorkelling at a variety of locations within the National Park, combined with picnics on the beach and rock pooling on the shores. Must be confident of swimming in the sea and capable of swimming 50m.

Wildlife watching Rock pooling Boat trip Plankton trawling Crabbing Seine netting Walking Microscope Investigation

• Snorkelling • Rock pooling

Dates: 08 Aug-12 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 8+ Adult Fee: £195 Child Fee: £155

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Dates: 23 Jul-27 Jul Activity Rating: Age Range: 5-10 Adult Fee: £165 Child Fee: £131

Have fun finding out more about the world around you in the spectacular Pembrokeshire countryside. Outdoor visits will be followed by a variety of games and crafts.

• Fossil hunting • Walking • Rock pooling

Mammal trapping Rock pooling Sand sculpture Woodland trail Shelter building Pond dipping Bat detecting

Dates: 22 Jul-26 Jul Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 8-12 Adult Fee: £165 Child Fee: £131

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SOUTH DEVON & EXMOOR

THE NORTH DOWNS

Bodyboarding

Mammal trapping

Exmoor p ony

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he North Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting chalk downland, lowland heath, woodlands, ponds, streams and parks where the whole family can enjoy exploring and learning about the wild inhabitants of this beautiful area.

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Course Title

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Course Description

Minibeasts, Mice and the Mole

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The Mole Valley provides many superb and diverse wildlife habitats. Discover the amazing animals that live under our noses.

Wild Arts and Crafts

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A crafty weekend with your family to bring out the artist in you.

Going Wild in the North Downs

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Late summer in the North Downs is a perfect time to see the downlands in all their glory; meadows of wild flowers, shaded woodlands and peaceful rivers.

Autumn Animal Adventure

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Autumn Animal Adventure

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The North Downs is one of the best places in the country to see autumn colours at their best. As autumn approaches many animals are making their preparations for the winter ahead and we will see as many as we can over the weekend.

Wildlife and Discovery

Activities

The North Downs is one of the best places in the country to see autumn colours at their best. As autumn approaches many animals are making their preparations for the winter ahead and we hope to see as many as we can over the weekend.

Creative Family

Active Family

• Stream dipping • Minibeast hunts • Small mammal trapping • Walking • • • • • •

Paper making Wild collages Poetry Mini raft building Kite making Walking

• Stream dipping • Small mammal trapping • Walking • Small mammal trapping • Stream dipping • Walking • Minibeast hunting • Small mammal trapping • Stream dipping • Walking • Minibeast hunting

Young People

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isit FSC Slapton Ley, a stones throw from the unspoilt and picturesque coastline of South Devon or alternatively, stay at

FSC Nettlecombe in neighbouring county Somerset. Located on the edge of Exmoor, it is an ideal gateway to moorland,

wooded valleys and a diverse selection of wildlife, including the Exmoor pony.

Details

Course Title

Dates: 17 Apr-19 Apr Activity Rating: * Age Range: 4-7 Adult Fee: £100 Child Fee: £79

Family Exploration, Walks, Wildlife and Activities in West Somerset and Exmoor

Dates: 22 May-24 May Activity Rating: * Age Range: 8-11 Adult Fee: £100 Child Fee: £79 Dates: 31 Jul-02 Aug Activity Rating: * Age Range: 8-11 Adult Fee: £133 Child Fee: £105

Family Naturalists: Discovering Devon's Wildlife

Beside the Sea: a Family Natural History Course

Centre

Course Description

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An active week exploring rivers, woodlands, rocky shores and moorland in West Somerset and Exmoor to bring you closer to wildlife and to give you views to take your breath away.

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Dates: 02 Oct-04 Oct Activity Rating: * Age Range: 4-7 Adult Fee: £133 Child Fee: £105 Dates: 23 Oct-25 Oct Activity Rating: * Age Range: 8-11 Adult Fee: £133 Child Fee: £105

Sand, Sea and Surf

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Activities

Details

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Lyn Valley Dunkery Beacon Dunster Castle Rocky shore

Dates: 10 Aug-14 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 8+ Adult Fee: £165 Child Fee: £131

Discover more about natural history through the stories and poems by Beatrix Potter, Michael Morpurgo, Arthur Ransome and Charles Causley. Visit shingle beaches, rivers, tors, the woods of Dartmoor and the mudflats of Kingsbridge Estuary.

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Pond dipping Minibeast hunts Wildlife watching Rock pooling Walking

Dates: 24 Jul-31 Jul Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 8+ Adult Fee: £255 Child Fee: £199

There is a fantastic mixture of coastal and woodland habitats rich with wildlife, colourful stories and legends on this exciting week for families.

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Dates: 31 Jul-07 Aug 21 Aug-28 Aug Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 8+ Adult Fee: £255 Child Fee: £199

Explore the South Devon coastline from a different perspective, combining challenging adventure with relaxing beach and wildlife activities.

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Dates: 07 Aug-14 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 8+ Adult Fee: £367 Child Fee: £273

Rock pooling River dipping Train rides Coastal walking Minibeast hunts Sand castle building • Kite making • Badger and bat watching • Beach fires

Kayaking Coasteering Bodyboarding Wildlife watching Rock pooling Sand castle building • Badger and bat watching • Beach fires

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THE YORKSHIRE DALES

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Walking he Yorkshire Dales, often referred to as 'God's own country', offers a rich variety of beautiful habitats including dramatic hills, limestone scenery, drystone walls, post-glacial lakes, and flower-rich hay meadows. FSC Malham Tarn, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is an ideal place from which families can have fun exploring the outdoors.

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Course Title

Centre

Course Description

Activities

Wild Days in the Dales

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Spend a memorable week in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales exploring the huge variety of habitats in and around the stunning limestone landscapes.

• Caving • Stream and woods discovery • Walking • Orienteering

Details Dates: 21 Aug-28 Aug Activity Rating: *** Age Range: 8+ Adult Fee: £367 Child Fee: £273

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS £ What are FSC centres like?

Each centre has its own unique character; most are historic buildings which have been adapted and extended to provide the services that visitors need. We would however stress they are field centres and therefore do not always offer the full range of services/facilities associated with hotel accommodation.

£ What is the accommodation like?

SHROPSHIRE

All centres provide simple, comfortable accommodation mostly in a mix of twin and family rooms. Most bedrooms have wash hand basins, with toilet and shower facilities close by.

£ What does the fee include?

FSC family holiday courses offer great value for money. The course fee includes all meals, accommodation and transport during the course and above all, the interesting and fun programme of activities run by our professional, enthusiastic staff.

Stream dipp ing

Badger watching rom the flatlands of the north plain to the majestic hills in the south, Shropshire is one of England's most beautiful and sparsely populated counties. A family holiday course here, based at FSC Preston Montford, offers ample opportunities to explore the beautiful Shropshire countryside and discover more about its wild inhabitants.

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Course Title

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Course Description

Shropshire Wildlife Safari

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Join us on safari to discover the world of minibeasts, mammals and everything in between. Habitats to be explored will include a reclaimed limestone quarry, ponds, streams, grassland and woodland in our mission to see secret Shropshire's 'big (and small) game'.

Wildlife and Discovery

Creative Family

Active Family

Activities • Small mammal trapping • Pond and stream dipping • Pit-fall trapping • Sweep sampling • Badger watching

Young People

Details

£ What is the food like?

FSC centres offer a range of wholesome food all prepared and cooked on-site. All meals are included in the course fee – breakfast, packed lunch and hot evening meal are provided and special diets can be catered for if the centre is notified in advance.

£ Are these courses suitable for my family?

FSC family holiday courses are for families who want to spend time together to enjoy sharing activities, further their interest in the natural world and meet new people. All courses have heaps of different activities to inform and inspire people of all ages about the world that surrounds us. We are happy to extend our definition of family members to include close friends.

£ How fit do I need to be?

Each family holiday course requires a reasonable amount of fitness but the exact level will depend on the type of course you have booked. Each course has been given an activity rating detailing the level of physical effort required during your stay.

£ How do I book?

Once you know which family holiday course you would like to attend, call the centre of your choice (see contact details on back cover) or visit www.field-studies-council/family to make a provisional booking. You will then be asked to complete the booking form on page 17 and return it the centre.

Office hours are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday but you can leave a message on the centre answerphone or email (see contact details back cover).

Dates: 27 Jul-31 Jul Activity Rating: ** Age Range: 7-14 Adult Fee: £165 Child Fee: £131

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Centre Booking Information and Conditions 1. Booking

Your contract will be with Field Studies Council (hereinafter referred to as FSC).

Please make provisional bookings by telephoning, faxing or emailing the Centre of your choice (see back cover for contact numbers and email addresses). Provisional bookings can also be made via the FSC website www.field-studies-council.org/family. If the course is full and we are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, we will enter your name on a waiting list and inform you if a place becomes available. Until the deposit is paid the booking is treated as provisional. Provisional bookings will be held for 7 days. If you are making a booking on behalf of another person please ensure that they are aware of booking, cancellation and deposit conditions.

Please complete the booking form enclosed with this brochure and return with the deposit to the Centre in order to confirm your booking. 2. Deposits

• A deposit of 20% of the quoted fee is required to confirm course bookings at a residential Centre. • Full payment is due on bookings made less than 6 weeks before commencement of the course.

• The deposit paid in respect of each course is accepted as a first instalment of the charge and is not refundable.

• If a booking cannot be accepted, notification and refund of any deposit will be sent as soon as possible. Soon after receiving your booking form and deposit, we will send you a receipt and further details – please check these carefully. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Field Studies Council’.

3. Balance of Fees

An invoice for the balance of fees and final joining instructions will be sent to you at least 5 weeks before commencement of the course. The balance of payment is due at the latest 28 days before the start of your course. If payment is not received at this time, FSC reserves the right to cancel your reservation, in which case normal cancellation terms will apply. If you anticipate a delay in making your final payment, please inform the Centre. 4. Guests from Overseas

The balance due date for guests paying from overseas is 28 days before the start of your course. Guests from overseas should pay only in STERLING by one of the following methods: a. By credit card – we accept most Visa, Mastercard and Switch cards.

b. By STERLING draft from your bank which should be sent direct to us. Do not send drafts direct to our bank as they may arrive without a name, making them impossible to identify. c. Direct to our Giro account: number 556 2252. d. By Eurocheque. PLEASE NOTE:

6. Transfer

If, after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to transfer to a different course or you wish to transfer your confirmed booking to another named person who satisfies all the conditions of booking, we will make every effort to meet your requirements. Alterations made by you less than 28 days before course commencement will be treated as a cancellation of the original course booking and regarded as a new booking for a different course. Cancellation charges as in paragraph 7 may apply. 7. Cancellation

If it is necessary for you to cancel your booking, please inform the Centre in writing as soon as possible. Cancellation is effective from the date your letter is received at our offices and may be subject to cancellation charges as follows: - The deposit is automatically forfeit if the booking is cancelled by the customer for any reason. - If cancellation is made less than 28 days before the start of the course, whether deliberately or by default, the balance of fees must be paid in full, a condition which is accepted when the booking is confirmed. 8. Other Changes

Anyone enrolling for a course will be invoiced for the full fee. No reductions can be made in respect of late arrival, early departure or absence during any part of the course.

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For Centre Use Only

FSC Courses Booking Form Use a separate form for each Centre to which you wish to apply. You should make a provisional booking by contacting the Centre concerned. Further forms can be obtained from FSC Head Office and FSC Centres or a photocopy can be used.

Please send this form to the relevant Field Centre.

No. Title

First name

Surname

All centres provide simple, comfortable accommodation mostly in a mix of twin and family rooms. Most bedrooms have wash hand basins, with toilet and shower facilities close by.

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FSC Membership No. (if applicable)

Address for correspondence Please send FSC Membership details

Postcode

Tel (home)

Tel (daytime)

Are you happy to be contacted by email

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email

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9. Acceptance of Bookings

Course(s) for which you are applying:

Travel and Cancellation Insurance

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

PAYMENT

I am willing to use my car on field trips during the course (I understand the cost of petrol will be refunded) Yes o No o

A booking deposit is required of 20% of the quoted fee. If less than 6 weeks before start of course, please send full course fee.

FSC reserves the right to refuse to accept any booking without stating a reason.

If you are forced to cancel or curtail your FSC course you may be liable for payment of up to 100% of the course fees. Furthermore, FSC cannot accept responsibility for loss of or damage to guests’ personal belongings, such as baggage or money (see note on FSC liability overleaf). Consequently, we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate insurance cover prior to your visit. In view of the above, FSC has negotiated optional insurance cover at competitive rates with a leading insurer. This scheme offers reasonably comprehensive cover in respect of both Cancellation and Personal Belongings, and also includes Personal Accident, Public Liability and Medical Emergency/Emergency Travel Expenses cover. Details will be sent to you with our first written communication, or before this if requested.

Name of Field Centre

Course Title

Dates

I shall be travelling by: Car o Train o Coach o Other

OTHER REQUIREMENTS If you require special meals for medical or ethical reasons please indicate the type of diet

If you have a medical condition, physical or sensory impairment which is relevant to the course please attach a note giving details, which will be treated in confidence.

Booking deposits(s) OR Full course fee(s)

No. People

Per Person

£

Total

Total enclosed £

Cheques should be made payable to Field Studies Council.

Please charge my Mastercard o Visa o Delta o Switch (issue no.) o

Card no.

Start date

Expiry date

Until this deposit is paid the booking is treated as provisional and there is no

Signed:

certainty that a place can be held. The deposit is automatically forfeit if the booking is cancelled for any reason. If cancellation is made less than 28 days before the commencement of the course, the balance of the fee is payable in

2. For method ‘d’ a surcharge of up to £15 may be made at the Centre to cover bank transfer charges. 5. Accommodation

m/f

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1. In each case please include information about the Centre and course dates booked. 3. Please do not pay in a foreign currency by personal cheque as this can result in delay and additional expense.

Age

full, a condition which is accepted when the booking is confirmed.

Date:

How did our courses come to your attention? From a friend o

Advertisement* o

Magazine article* o

Other o *please specify...............................................................................

To help us send you relevant information please indicate which course brochure you would like to receive in 2010.

FUTURE MAILINGS

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FSC Family Holiday Courses

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FSC Arts Courses

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FSC Natural History Courses

www.field-studies-council.org/family

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Other Information All courses in this brochure are protected through our membership of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Ltd (ABTOT, member number 5049). ABTOT is an Association approved by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Consumer Protection

The FSC has provided a bond to ABTOT which meets the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Consequently, anyone booking an FSC course featured in this brochure can do so with complete financial security.

The course programme is subject to amendment. FSC reserves the right to alter course programmes or engage alternative tutors if and as circumstances dictate. FSC cancels a course only after careful consideration, but reserves the right to do so if numbers booked have failed to meet a minimum requirement or for other exceptional reasons. In this event, applicants will be informed as soon as possible. They will be refunded any monies paid in respect of that course. FSC will not be liable for any additional cost or expense.

Amendments

All fees were correct at the time of printing. They may be varied should circumstances outside the control of FSC make this necessary. Any increase in charges will not take place within the 28 days prior to the start of the course. Call any FSC Centre direct for information on late availability. We will be happy to check what vacancies are available and process your booking as quickly as possible.

Late Availability

Centres will normally make arrangements for a Centre minibus or a taxi service to meet particular trains at the beginning of courses if requested. Times and charge (if any) will be specified in the joining instructions. For those travelling by car, full locational details will be forwarded well in advance. We encourage car sharing and will put you in touch with like-minded people wherever possible.

Travel

Rooms must be vacated by 09.30 on the day of departure, unless special arrangements are made with the Centre.

Departure

All FSC Centres provide vegetarian options, and special dietary requirements on request. Please indicate on your booking form if you have vegetarian or special dietary requirements. Centres, where possible, will make all the necessary arrangements.

Special Diets

FSC welcomes disabled guests provided they can manage independently or are accompanied by a friend or relative on the same course, able to assist them. Please check with each Centre on the suitability of a course before booking and indicate your disability on the booking form. FSC Centres at Blencathra, Juniper Hall, Malham Tarn and Preston Montford have purpose-built accommodation and facilities suitable for people with wheelchairs.

Guests with Disabilities

Some courses are strenuous and a satisfactory state of health is essential. Please note anyone who has not disclosed a health problem which makes it impossible or inadvisable for them to take a full part in the programme, may be asked by the Head of Centre to leave. Any fee refund in such a case will be at the sole discretion of the Head of the Centre concerned.

Physical Fitness

Participant numbers will be suited to the particular course, but to maximise your enjoyment we would normally expect to run a course with between 5 and 17 participants.

Group Size

Most FSC courses spend time outdoors and involve some walking. For your own enjoyment, it is essential that your footwear and clothing are suitable. You will be advised on what to wear and bring.

Clothing

FSC Centres are all non-smoking. Smoking is not permitted inside any of our buildings or in our minibuses.

Smoking

We regret we do not have facilities for pets and therefore cannot normally accept them at our Centres or on courses. However, we are able to make special arrangements to accommodate guide dogs.

Pets

ALSO AVAILABLE

from the FSC

Customer Satisfaction In the unlikely event of cause for complaint you must notify the Head of Centre during the course so that he or she may investigate and/or remedy the matter without delay. If the problem remains unresolved and you wish to write to us at Head Office after the course then this must be done within 14 days of completion of the course. We will investigate the grievance and reply at the earliest opportunity.

Complaints

Course brochures FSC also provides adult courses covering natural history and the arts. If you would like to find out more about these courses you can request a brochure from FSC Head Office on 0845 345 4071 or visit our website www.field-studies-council.org/l.and.f

No responsibility can be accepted for any loss of or damage to guests’ property or motor vehicles, or for injury or loss sustained whilst travelling in such motor vehicles except where caused through the proven neglect of FSC. The safekeeping of guests’ property, including money and valuables, must remain the responsibility of guests unless items are specifically handed to FSC Centre management for safe custody and a receipt obtained. Parents or Guardians undertake to accept full responsibility for and supervision of their children at all times. FSC will not accept responsibility for any aspect of a course, including services and facilties offered by an external supplier, or for any loss, damage or expense of the guest which is due to adverse weather conditions, industrial dispute or any other cause beyond the control of FSC.

Liability

Guests booking with FSC should be prepared to abide by our code of conduct with regard to safeguarding the natural environment and must also agree to follow the safety instructions of our tutors at all times. It is important to recognise that, although tutors are chosen for their experience in leading field study courses and are able to offer advice on safety procedures and conduct in the field, participants each have a legal responsibility to take all reasonable precautions to maintain their own safety and not to endanger other members of the group.

Code of Conduct

FSC endeavours at all times to offer and provide a quality service and we will accept responsibility should our services prove deficient or not of a reasonable standard. We have tried to ensure that this brochure has all the information you need to book the right course. Should you have any queries, or special requirements not covered here, please contact the Centres directly, where our staff will be happy to help. Any comments on this brochure will be most welcome, as will any suggestions for improvement. Please address your comments to

Our Service to You

Publications FSC is one of the UK’s major publishers of natural history identification charts; a range of over 50 titles can help people of all ages to identify animals, plants and other aspects of the natural world. To find out more visit www.field-studies-council.org/publications

A D Thomas, Chief Executive, Field Studies Council, Head Office, Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury SY4 1HW.

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Courses 2009

Contact Details Please address all enquiries to the Field Studies Council at the following locations: Blencathra Field Centre Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4SG Tel: (017687) 79601 Fax: (017687) 79264 email: enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org Dale Fort Field Centre Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3RD Tel: 0845 3307365 Fax: (01646) 636554 email: enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org Flatford Mill Field Centre East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6UL Tel: 0845 3307368 Fax: (01206) 298892 email: enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org Juniper Hall Field Centre Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA Tel: 0845 458 3507 Fax: 0845 458 9219 email: enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org Kindrogan Field Centre Enochdhu, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH10 7PG Tel: (01250) 870150 Fax: (01250) 881433 email: enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org

Malham Tarn Field Centre Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9PU Tel: (01729) 830331 Fax: (01729) 830658 email: enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org

Slapton Ley Field Centre Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP Tel: (01548) 580466 Fax: (01548) 580123 email: enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org

Nettlecombe Court The Leonard Wills Field Centre Williton, Taunton, Somerset TA4 4HT Tel: (01984) 640320 Fax: (01984) 641236 email: enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org

FSC Head Office Preston Montford, Montford Bridge Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1HW Tel: 0845 345 4071 Fax: (01743) 852101 email:fsc.headoffice@field-studies-council.org Web site: www.field-studies-council.org Chief Executive: Anthony Thomas

Orielton Field Centre Pembroke, Pembrokeshire SA71 5EZ Tel: 0845 3307372 Fax: (01646) 623921 email: enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org Preston Montford Field Centre Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1DX Tel: 0845 3307378 Fax: (01743) 851066 email:enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org Rhyd-y-creuau The Drapers’ Field Centre Betws-y-coed, Conwy LL24 0HB Tel: (01690) 710494 Fax: (01690) 710458 email: enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org

FSC is a company limited by guarantee no. 412621 and a registered charity no. 313364.

This brochure is produced on paper containing 75% post consumer waste and printed using vegetable based inks.


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