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General Natural History and WalkingWainwright Walks in the Lake DistrictBL . 4 . 24 Feb-26 Feb . Fri-Sun . £220 . £165Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guide to theLakeland Fellslists 214 mountains and tops.We will hand-pick two of his historic walksto ensure that you get the true flavour of theLake District from every angle, every cornerand every view point. Taking in spectacularviews and peaks, we will walk along theprettiest footpaths, tracks and lanes and seethe lakes and tarns. The course will be ledby trained Centre Staffwho have a widerange of experiences in the outdoors and inleading groups in the Lake District.Spring Walking: Exploring SouthSuffolk and 'Constable Country'FM . 2 . 03 Apr-05 Apr . Tue-Thu . £236 . £168This stimulating midweek walking courseat the start of the Easter break weavestogether a variety of local history, wildlifeand conservation themes and compares thecountryside we see today with the scenesJohn Constable painted 200 years ago.There are two routes of six to eight miles,breaking for lunch at excellent local pubs!Celia Richardsonused to manage theDedham Vale and Stour Valley Project andhas extensive experience of countrysideconservation.Wanders in WalesRC . 1 . 06 Apr-09 Apr . Fri-Mon . £275 . £150Discover some of the places that makeNorth Wales so special. We will follow inthe footsteps of Darwin, visiting theNational Nature Reserve of Cwm Idwal inthe heart of the mountains, and then head tothe National Trust gardens at Bodnant. Wewill explore how the slate industrytransformed North Wales, visiting the Slatequarries at Llanberis and the opulentPenrhyn Castle built by a Slate baron. Eachday will combine a short walk, places ofinterest and hearty cafes! The course will beled by an experienced member of CentreStaff. All Rhyd-y-creuau tutors live inSnowdonia and regularly take groups tomany of the special places in and aroundthe National Park.Pembrokeshire Spring WildlifeOR . 2 . 04 May-08 May . Fri-Tue . £390 . £310See the fauna and flora of Pembrokeshire inspring, including badgers, bats, seabirdsand spectacular displays of spring flowers.Coast and woodland walks and a visit toSkomer Island will make this a memorableexperience for those interested in naturalhistory. Boat and landing fees included.Clive Hurfordis a professional ecologistand Chris Millicanis Head of Centre atOrielton.London Loop: The Epping Forest ConnectionEF . 2 . 05 May . Sat . Non-residential . £39This 'Walk and Talk' course will follow theLondon Loop through Epping Forest'sSections 18 and part of 19 which will beapproximately seven miles and include anumber of climbs. Participants will learnenthralling facts and fascinating storiesalong the way. David Horne is anexperienced environmental educator andpassionate about the London Loop, naturalhistory and the area's heritage. The Pembrokeshire Coast National ParkDF . 2 . 08 May-13 May . Tue-Sun . £425 . £319Discover Pembrokeshire's diverse naturalhistory, especially the seabirds and wildflowers. We hope to spend one day onSkomer Island with three land-based days.On the last morning there is an opportunityto visit the world famous gannetry onGrassholm. Boat and landing fees notincluded. John Archer-ThomsonisAssistant Head of Centre at Dale Fort. Hisspecial interests include diving,photography, ecology and natural history.Wildlife and Landscapes of the GowerMA . 2 . 11 May-14 May . Fri-Mon . £340 . £240This course introduces the UK's first Area ofOutstanding Natural Beauty with a mix ofgentle strolls over boggy, muddy, sandy,rocky and grassy ground! Well known forits stunning scenery and as a popularholiday destination, the Gower also offersvast areas of wildlife-rich habitats. We shalltake time to explore these together, seekingout plants and animals and discoveringwhat environmental influences in thelandscape have on this wildlife. Ian Smithis an experienced all-round naturalist andinterpreter with an interest in helpingpeople understand the whole landscapeand the natural history within.A Nibble of PembrokeshireDF . 2 . 18 May-22 May . Fri-Tue . £375 . £281Visit Neolithic tombs, dramatic Iron-Agehill forts, holy wells and ancient churches.Combine all this with walks and naturalhistory along the stunning PembrokeshireCoast Path. We also hope to visit SkomerIsland to look at the island's ecology andhistory, puffins, porpoises and seals. Boatand landing fees not included. SteveMorrellis a senior teaching officer at DaleFort with interests in ecology, local historyand painting.Summer Walking Weekend: Exploring South Suffolk and'Constable Country'FM . 2 . 01 Jun-03 Jun . Fri-Sun . £236 . £168See course description 03 Apr-05 Apr.Celia Richardson.A Uist SpringKD . 1 . 02 Jun-09 Jun . Sat-Sat . £1,299North and South Uist, separated byBenbecula, belong to the chain of islandsmaking up the Outer Hebrides, or theWestern Isles. With their crofting culturethey are some of the few remainingstrongholds of the corncrake, while themachair is a botanist's paradise. MartynJamiesonis the Head of Kindrogan FieldCentre. Robin Suttonis Assistant Head ofMalham Tarn Field Centre. Both have ledmany courses to the Scottish Islands.NEWDiscounts for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost isnormally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre (see page 8)for an exact price.centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £1359Exploring the Natural Worldwww.field-studies-council.org/exploringExploring Skomer IslandDave LawrencePuffinJodie PercivalNEWNEW

Pembrokeshire Summer WildlifeOR . 2 . 20 Jul-24 Jul . Fri-Tue . £390 . £310This popular course takes a leisurely look atsea cliffs, rocky shores, farmland, lakes andrivers. As well as the local flora, we expectto see specialities including badgers, bats,grey seals, porpoises and the puffins ofSkomer Island. Boat and landing feesincluded. Clive Hurfordis a professionalecologist and Chris Millicanis Head ofCentre at Orielton.A Taste of PembrokeshireDF . 2 . 21 Jul-28 Jul . Sat-Sat . £515 . £386Sample all the delights of Pembrokeshire ata leisurely pace: waterways and seabirds;cliff-tops and wooded valleys; naturalhistory and ancient history all rolled intoone. We hope to include a visit to Skomerto look at its ecology and natural history.Boat and landing fees not included. SteveMorrellis a senior teaching officer at DaleFort with interests in ecology, local historyand painting.The Secret Hills of ShropshirePM . 1 . 23 Jul-27 Jul . Mon-Fri . £374 . £265The 'Secret Hills' area of Shropshire is aplace you might not have thought to visit!This relaxed five day course will begin toexplore this fantastic area and is aimed atanyone interested in wildlife, landscapeand history. Shropshire is a county with awide range of habitats and wonderfullandscapes, steeped in history and legend.Centre Staffall have at least three years'field teaching experience and are keen toshare their enthusiasm for the county.Down the River: Natural History of the Conwy ValleyRC . 2 . 05 Aug-10 Aug . Sun-Fri . £385 . £250The course will unfold the rich tapestry ofwildlife, landscape and history that definesthe Conwy Valley, through a series of shortwalks and site visits to places such asisolated, dramatic waterfalls, castles andancient woodland. Pete Kayis AssistantHead of Centre and Senior Ecology Tutor atRhyd-y-creuau and has lived and workedin the Conwy Valley for many years. He isa keen photographer, walker and naturalist,as well as a qualified Mountain Leader.Exploring Suffolk: SomethingDifferent Every DayFM . 1 . 06 Aug-10 Aug . Mon-Fri . £438 . £310A course exploring the Suffolk countrysideand coast visiting different sites each day.We will be out and about most of the time.Although there will be no strenuouswalking involved, you do need to have abasic level of fitness. Evenings will be filledwith illustrated talks on where we havebeen, where we are going and discussionsabout what we have seen. Fees includeentry charges as currently known. RachaelMossis a full-time senior tutor at FlatfordMill and enjoys sharing her interest in theSuffolk countryside and her native county. Walking Hidden WalesRC . 3 . 12 Aug-17 Aug . Sun-Fri . £395 . £295Hill walking from the Conwy Valley southto the Rhinogs, with stunning views ofSnowdonia. A fully supported linearjourney past ancient hill forts, slate quarriesand mountain lakes. Discover Snowdonia's'path less travelled', whilst having theopportunity to learn about our specialplants, wildlife and history. Pete Kayis theAssistant Head of Centre at Rhyd-y-creuauwith 20 years' experience of leading groupsin Snowdonia. He is keen and able toexplain special points of interest that youwill pass along this journey. Exploring and Working with a National Park RangerBL . 2 . 17 Aug-19 Aug . Fri-Sun . £220 . £165Spend the weekend with a Lake DistrictNational Park Ranger. Following anintroductory talk about the world of theNational Park and his own role, theweekend will consist of a series of guidedwalks and site visits in this beautiful area.On a relaxed, enjoyable and informativecourse we will look at a wide range ofsubjects including: local plants and wildlife;land and farm management; conservationand other management issues; and some ofthe archaeological and historic mining sites.Each walk will be from two to six miles, soa reasonable level of fitness is required.Graham Standringhas been working incountryside management for 18 yearsincluding working as a Project Officer forBTCV. He has been a Ranger for the LakeDistrict National Park Authority for the lastseven years.Exploring the Yorkshire DalesMT . 2 . 17 Aug-20 Aug . Fri-Mon . £335 . £229The Yorkshire Dales is a landscape ofremarkable beauty, distinctive characterand immense interest - all to be exploredduring this weekend of walks. There willbe a variety of excursions in the limestonelandscape that may include hay meadows,limestone pavement, hidden waterfalls andcaves, lime kilns and quarries and thefamous Ribblehead viaduct. Led by CentreStafffrom Malham Tarn.Wainwright Walks in the Lake DistrictBL . 4 . 24 Aug-26 Aug . Fri-Sun . £220 . £165See course description 24 Feb-26 Feb.Centre Staff.Wildlife and Landscapes of Central South WalesMA . 2 . 26 Aug-31 Aug . Sun-Fri . £395 . £295Introducing Glamorgan with a mix ofstrolls, gentle walks and site visits toexplore a region of unrivalled landscapevariety. We will look at the flowers, wildlifeand human influences in the area betweenthe Gower Area of Outstanding NaturalBeauty, Brecon Beacons National Park andGlamorgan Heritage Coast. We shallexperience the result of 400 million years ofgeology and climate, human activity andsome 600 metres of altitude change, takingin sandy and rocky shores, limestone cliffs,heath, moor, deep wooded valleys andglaciated uplands. Ian Smithis anexperienced all-round naturalist andinterpreter with an interest in helpingpeople understand the whole landscapeand the natural history within.Watching Wildlife with Nick BakerFM . 1 . 19 Oct-22 Oct . Fri-Mon . £338 . £240An exciting course led by one of the mostexperienced naturalists in the UK. Inprevious years this course has beendedicated to families only, but we'redelighted to offer the 2012 course foranyone with a passion for wildlife so longas they are aged 14 and over! We willexplore the shorelines and mudflats andsome of the best reserves around the Suffolkand Essex coasts to look for birds, bats andother mammals, plus freshwater andmarine life too. Nick Bakeris a TV wildlifepresenter, author and all-round naturalist,passionate himself about almost anythingthat walks, creeps, flies and crawls!Basalt columns on StaffaMartyn JamiesonNEWNEWNEW10BLBlencathra .DFDale Fort . DGDerrygonnelly .EFEpping Forest .FMFlatford Mill . JHJuniper Hall .KDKindrogan .MTMalham Tarn .MAMargam .OROrielton .PMPreston Montford .RCRhyd-y-creuau .SLSlapton Ley *Accredited courses which could count towards a qualification (see page 43).