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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

44CentreDateCourse TitlePageCentreDateCourse TitlePageProfessional and Accredited Training CoursesACTIVELY EXPLORING THE NATURALWORLDKD07 MayGPS Training 1 Day Course11KD08 May-10 MayGPS Training 2 Day Course11RC03 Aug-05 AugNavigation11MT16 Nov-18 NovNavigation Skills11SCIENCE AND THE NATURAL WORLDPM21 Aug-31 AugMonitoring and Communicating 12Biodiversity: The FSC Darwin Scholarship Sponsored Course for Young ProfessionalsBIRDSSL24 Feb-26 FebBird Identification15MT13 Mar-15 MarBird Survey Techniques15FM16 Mar-18 MarIdentifying Birds by Sight and Sound14FM13 Apr-15 AprBird Songs and Calls for Beginners: 14The Early Spring WeekendDF20 Apr-22 AprBird Identification15PM27 Apr-30 AprSongbird Identification14FM01 MayIntroducing Bird Songs in a Day!14FM04 May-06 MayBird Songs and Calls for Improvers15OR04 May-08 MayIntroduction to Bird Identification15RC08 May-10 MayBird Survey Techniques15RC08 May-10 MayBird Identification15PM11 May-14 MayBird Survey Techniques41FM11 May-13 MayBird Songs and Calls for Beginners: 15The Late Spring WeekendDF24 May-26 MayBird Survey Techniques15KD04 Jun-08 JunBirds by Character for Improvers16FM06 Jul-08 JulIntroducing Bird Ringing16FM07 Sep-09 SepBird Ringing for BTO Permit Holders: 16 Developing Training SkillsKD05 Oct-07 OctBird Survey Techniques15FM19 Oct-21 OctBird Identification15FM22 Oct-26 OctBirdwatching and Bird Migration16FM26 Oct-28 OctBird Survey Techniques15MAMMALSFM17 Feb-19 FebMammal Identification Weekend19PM03 MarSmall Mammal Ecology and 19 Survey TechniquesFM13 Apr-15 AprOtters, Water Voles and Other 17 Riverside MammalsJH16 AprBat Ecology and Conservation17JH17 AprArboriculture and Bats: A Guide 17for PractitionersJH18 AprArboriculture and Bats: How to use17 a FiberscopeEF06 MayDiscovering Bats17DG11 May-13 MayMammal Identification Weekend19PM18 May-21 MayIdentification of Bats18KD19 MaySmall Mammal Ecology and Survey 19 TechniquesJH11 Jun-12 JunInterpreting Your Bat Surveys17KD22 Jun-24 JunMammal Identification Weekend19FM13 Jul-15 JulIdentification, Ecology and 18 Conservation of BatsEF12 AugDiscovering Bats18KD24 Aug-27 AugScottish Mammals 18FM31 Aug-02 SepOtters, Water Voles and Other 18 Riverside MammalsPM31 Aug-03 SepLand Mammal Identification18 FM14 Sep-16 SepEcology, Surveying and Conservation 18of DormiceKD05 Oct-09 OctSmall Mammals19PM19 Oct-21 OctMammal Identification Weekend19MT29 Oct-30 OctInterpreting Your Bat Surveys17BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHSKD02 Apr-07 AprSpecial Spring Moths19FM13 Jul-15 JulIdentifying Moths and Butterflies 19FM20 Jul-22 JulButterflies and Moths on Film19FM23 Jul-26 JulIdentifying Butterflies, Moths 20and DragonfliesMT23 Jul-27 JulButterflies and Moths 20FM27 Jul-29 JulIdentifying Moths: More Difficult 20 Macros and Micro FamiliesPM06 Aug-10 AugLate Summer Butterflies and Moths20KD18 Aug-25 AugHighland Butterflies and Moths20 OTHER INVERTEBRATESFM24 Feb-27 FebIdentifying Centipedes, Millipedes 20and WoodlicePM02 Mar-04 MarIntroduction to Diptera - a Dipterist 20 Forum Beginners CoursePM02 Mar-04 MarDolichopodidae - the Long-legged Flies20 FM10 Apr-13 AprIdentifying Freshwater Invertebrates 20for Biological Surveying and RecordingFM20 Apr-23 AprSurveying Terrestrial Invertebrates 20for Biological RecordingFM04 May-06 MayMicroscopy for Beekeepers20PM11 May-14 MayIdentifying Difficult Invertebrates41FM11 May-13 MayMicroscopy for Beekeepers21PM25 May-27 MayIdentification of Ladybirds and 21ShieldbugsFM05 JunIntermediate Beekeeping21PM15 Jun-17 JunIntroduction to Solitary Bees21FM15 Jun-17 JunIdentifying Flies21FM22 Jun-24 JunIdentifying Dragonflies and Damselflies21PM23 JunIntroduction to Bumblebees21KD29 Jun-02 JulSpiders: An Introduction to their 22IdentificationPM30 JunIdentifying Ants22KD02 Jul-07 JulInvertebrate Surveying Techniques22PM06 Jul-08 JulDragonflies and Damselflies22PM20 Jul-22 JulIdentifying Leafhoppers22FM27 Jul-30 JulIdentifying Bumblebees 22MT03 Aug-06 AugIntroduction to Freshwater Animals22