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Life in Freshwater

About the FSC

The Field Studies Council (FSC) is a pioneering educational charity committed to bringing environmental understanding to all.

Established in 1943, the FSC has become internationally respected for its national network of 17 education centres, international outreach training projects, research programmes, information and publication services and wide range of fascinating professional training and leisure courses.We provide informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, be inspired by, and understand the natural environment.

The FSC believes the more we know about the environment, the more we can appreciate its needs and protect its diversity and beauty for future generations.

FSC Centres

The FSC has 17 centres through the United Kingdom.

Amersham Chiltern Hills
Blencathra Lake District
Brockhole Lake District
Castle Head Lake District
Dale Fort Pembrokeshire Coast
Derrygonnelly West Fermanagh
Epping Forest Ancient Woodland
Flatford Mill Constable Country
Juniper Hall North Downs
Kindrogan Scotland
Malham Tarn Yorkshire Dales
Margam Park South Wales Valleys
Nettlecombe Court Exmoor
Orielton Pembrokeshire Coast
Preston Montford Shropshire/Welsh Border
Rhyd-y-creuau Snowdonia
Slapton Ley South Devon Coast

Outdoor Classroom

Each year we welcome over 70,000 people on courses of various lengths to 17 Field Centres across the United Kingdom. Our ability to pass on to them a deeper understanding of the environment and our place in it is absolutely central to the work of the FSC. Clearly it is important to enhance the work teachers and students have done over a longer period and great pains are taken to ensure courses meet the demands of all levels of the main curriculum and specifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about the Outdoor Classroom and about Biology fieldwork and Geography fieldwork with the FSC.

You can also browse our database of 16+ modules, including coastal modules for Biology fieldwork and Geography fieldwork.


Marine Invertebrates

FSC Publications provide a number of fold-out charts that can be used in the freshwater environment. You can order these publications online. Find out more...

Individuals and Families

The FSC run a programme of 600 Individual and Family and Professional Development Courses on offer at 14 Centres throughout the UK.Our courses are designed for people of all ages, background and abilities and vary in length from a day to a weekend to a week so whatever time you have to spare and whatever your interest we are sure that there will be an FSC course for you.

Find out more about FSC Individual and Family courses .

A number of courses cover the freshwater environment: you might want to look in particular at the courses relating to the rivers, ponds, dragonflies but we'd encourage you to browse through the courses.

Looking for a next step?
The FSC offers a range of publications, courses for schools and colleges and courses for adults, families and professionals that relate to the freshwater environment. Why not find out more about the FSC?

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