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42FSC Natural HistoryFSC Publicationsproduces an extensivecatalogue of AIDGAP guides and fold-out identification charts,covering a wide range of flora and fauna.To see the full range of publications please visit the website:www.field-studies-council.org/publications/FSC iPhone appsPrices start from just £2.75 plus postageand orders can be placed on the websiteor by contacting FSC Publications on 0845 345 4072Five of our fold-out charts are now available asiPhone apps. Each guide has colourimages, notes and background information to arange of common species. The handy filtersystem helps by limiting the results based oneasy features such as colour, shape, number oflegs and habitat. Ideal for use outdoors theseguides will help you find out what lives in your local green places as well as ponds and streams. The full version of Ladybirds of the British Isles is available free of charge and further apps can bepurchased. Visit the FSC's app store to find out more: http://is.gd/fscappspublications

bursariesProfessional Development &43BursariesThe Wild Flower Society('WFS')The Wild Flower Societyhas generously donated anumber of bursaries toencourage a widerunderstanding of wildflower identification amongyounger people. Anyone aged 18 to 25,who wishes to attend courses in theflowers, trees, grasses, freshwater plantsand other plants sections of 'Flowers andOther Plants' (i.e. excluding ferns, mossesand liverworts, lichens and fungi), iseligible to apply for these grants. Pleasecontact FSC Head Office for further detailsof the WFS bursary scheme.www.thewildflowersociety.org.ukThe Botanical Society ofthe British IslesThe Botanical Society of theBritish Isles offers a limitednumber of grants for thosewishing to improve theirplant identification skills inorder to progress theircareer and/or recording activities. Eachgrant is worth up to £200 and will be paidto the applicant on completion of thecourse.To apply, download the form fromwww.bsbi.org.uk/html/training.htmlBritish Lichen SocietyThe British Lichen Societymakes small bursariesavailable for members ofthe Society needingfinancial support to attendlichen courses and fieldmeetings. Application should be made tothe President for consideration for a grantthrough the Wallace-Burnett-Gilbert fundat least six weeks before the date of thecourse. Information about the Society, and how tojoin, can be found on its website:www.thebls.org.uk.The British EcologicalSocietyThis BritishEcological SocietySpecialist CourseGrant is availablefor members who are undergraduates,post-graduates or recent graduates not infull-time employment to attend specialistfield courses. The grant can be used tofund a place on one of the courses listedon the BES website. Only one coursegrant can be given to any one individualand there is a maximum of two grantsavailable per course. An application formmust be completed and grants will beallocated on a first-come-first-served basis.Full details are available on the BESwebsite or please contact: The British Ecological SocietyCharles Darwin House12 Roger StreetLondon WC1N 2JUTel: 020 7685 2500 email: dominic@britishecologicalsociety.orgwww.britishecologicalsociety.orgProfessionalDevelopmentIn 2012 there are over 200 FSC coursesthat are suitable for people with aprofessional interest in the environment oroutdoor activities. A chronological listingof FSC Professional Development coursesis given on page 44 of this brochure.PartnershipsThe FSC works in partnership with otherorganisations and included in thisbrochure are courses offered inconjunction with the Bat ConservationTrust, the British Trust for Ornithology,The Mammal Society, the British LichenSociety and Amphibian and ReptileConservation Trust.ACCREDITED COURSESKey to Accrediting Bodies listed withinthe brochure *BBBirkbeck, University of London *BIThe University of *BI (M)Birmingham *MSThe Mammal Society www.mammal.org.uk*NNASNational Navigation Award SchemeUniversity AccreditedCoursesThe University of Birmingham *BI *BI(M)The FSC is continuing this highly successfulprogramme where The University is offeringits Certificate in Biological Recording andSpecies Identification through The School ofBiosciences. This certificate comprises 60 credits (level 1) -which are taught at FSC centres over a periodof 2 years. The participants must registerwith The University and then enrol on theirFSC course chosen from a list of pre-approvedtitles (indicated by *BI in the brochure). Tocomplete the Certificate, students must alsoattend the core module held at PrestonMontford. There are over 30 courses on theprogramme - offering a wealth of choice andvenue to enjoy 2 years of accredited study atyour leisure.In addition to the certificate, the University isalso offering a taught Masters programme,now in its third year, which is run fromPreston Montford indicated by *BI (M) in thisbrochure.Both qualifications are gaining increasingrecognition by employers such as governmentagencies, environmental consultants, councilsand record centres. They are stronglyvocational programmes - offering participantsa chance to upgrade their skills and gain arecognised qualification.Full details of both programmes andUniversity application forms are availablefrom:Linda MarshThe Gateway Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NBTel: 01743 355137email: L.Marsh@bham.ac.ukPlease notethat it is no longer possible to enrol on theUniversity of Birmingham programmes whilst at anFSC Centre.Birkbeck, University of London(*BB) Birkbeck specialises in the provision of highereducation through evening and short coursesfor those who earn their living or are engagedin other activities during the normal workingday. The FSC is working in partnership withBirkbeck to offer a week-long residential courseat Preston Montford as part of theCertificate/Diploma or Masters programme inCountryside Management. For furtherinformation please visit the Birkbeck websitewww.bbk.ac.uk