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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Chris LS on October 22, 2011, 11:11:23 AM

Title: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Chris LS on October 22, 2011, 11:11:23 AM
Hello,

I'd like to complile an up-to-date database of all the different fieldwork centres/bases available around the UK, and maybe further afield as well (eg. Rayburn, Discover the World, Barcelona etc). I don't think a detailed database of UK Fieldwork Centres already exists on the GA or GTT sites, unless I've overlooked them?

There are all the obvious and well-known ones such as all the FSC Centres, the Cranedale Centre etc etc, but there must be 100 or more smaller, less well-known Centres that provide a good base and/or tutors for fieldwork.

So, if you know of or have experience of a field study centre, and could you enter the name (and ideally contact e-mail / address etc), and maybe a few words about your experience there / recommendations etc, that'd be great. 

Thanks!


 
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Stephen Schwab on October 22, 2011, 11:21:59 AM
Now thats a good idea, I can confirm that NST in Amalfi {Claudio} is well organised & responsive to your field work needs.

Can we call this Plumb [for a] Centre? ;) Kate?
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: HB100 on October 22, 2011, 04:03:31 PM
Malham Tarn field centre is excellent - staff and food are amazing. Great for geog, geology and biology. Accommodation good too.
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: GB geographer on October 23, 2011, 05:12:10 PM
Might be best to put up a Google Doc and let people edit it as a collaborative effort...
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Stephen Schwab on October 23, 2011, 05:20:25 PM
Or it can sit up top with the other add-to threads.
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Kate Russell on October 24, 2011, 11:12:54 AM
As yiou can see I have "stickied" this and hope lots will contribute.

If you wan to use my register as a starting point - feel free - its not just fiedl centres its firld visits.
http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/excel.htm (http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/excel.htm)

The Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge site should also provide some pointers http://lotcqualitybadge.org.uk/ (http://lotcqualitybadge.org.uk/)
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Chris LS on October 24, 2011, 03:20:40 PM
Kate,
Your register is superb, a really comprehensive reference bank.  I'll check through all the the links and info. on your original version  to see if anything has changed, then update with any new Centres or details from lotc quality badge, and e-mail a copy back to you.  You saved me several hours work here - many thanks!
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: ElliC on October 28, 2011, 11:03:09 AM
Hi
There is a RSPB site just outside Tamworth called Middleton Lakes (its kind of new but i know a few schools have been there now) which do excellent day and half day field work on a massive range of stuff. They will tailor stuff to suit you and your syllabus.
I am an educational volunteer there when I am not teaching and can vouch that it is really fab!
Elli C
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Nik on November 01, 2011, 09:46:44 AM
FSC Castle Head, Grange-over-Sands - just outside the Lake District National Park.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/castlehead

Took a small group of year 8 there at half term.

Positives:
Very accessible location from M6 and for fieldwork sites
Nice centre with good rooms, clean showers, excellent food, plenty of outdoor kit to borrow to save kids needing their own, good social space for pupils
Very good communications re admin and risk assessment before visit
Excellent level of teaching and outdoor activity instruction
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: GoegIntheNews on November 01, 2011, 06:13:33 PM
On the RGS-IBG website is the World Register of Field Centres which identifies sites for environmental research, on any topic, anywhere in the world.
The register is searchable and centres can also be viewed via Google Maps. It is not the definitive list, but provides a good starting point.

The centres range from small independent field camps to large long-term international facilities. The only criterion for inclusion in the register is that centres welcome international visitors who wish to undertake fieldwork at the centre, whether scientists, students, teachers, school pupils or others.

Centres can also be added to the register.
http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Fieldwork+and+Expeditions/World+Register+of+FieldCentres/World+Register+of+Field+Centres.htm

For more information you can also email go@rgs.org
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Sue Jackson on November 08, 2011, 08:33:22 AM
FSC Castle Head, Grange-over-Sands - just outside the Lake District National Park.
http://www.field-studies-council.org/castlehead

Took a small group of year 8 there at half term.

Positives:
Very accessible location from M6 and for fieldwork sites
Nice centre with good rooms, clean showers, excellent food, plenty of outdoor kit to borrow to save kids needing their own, good social space for pupils
Very good communications re admin and risk assessment before visit
Excellent level of teaching and outdoor activity instruction

I can second that! I am there now with 23 A level students (AQA A level) & plan to re-book.
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: geographista on November 12, 2011, 08:39:13 PM
I take my lot to Castle Head every year! Totally agree with the comments.

We also use Overstrand Kingswood Centre. Great accommodation, coastal courses and options to do outdoor activities too (like jacobs ladder etc)

Sarah
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: nik986 on November 28, 2011, 03:03:26 PM
Nettlecombe Court (FSC) - outstanding location and service. Great fieldwork opportunities and the kids love it. Food is good too! Highly recommend.

Also - Llanrug outdoor ed centre http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/outdoor-education-centres/llanrug-oec.aspx

Does both outdoor ed and Geography courses (or a mixture of both) great course tutor, decent food and you are 'in the wilds'. Best i've been to!
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Sue Jackson on December 05, 2011, 06:29:38 PM
THe price quoted by FSC for 3 days next November mean that I will no-longer be re-booking! £165 plus transport! Not going to happen I am afraid! Back to DIY teacher led fieldcourse.....
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: nik986 on December 07, 2011, 01:06:01 PM
I can recommend Monkton Wyld Court in Dorset also for teacher-led fieldwork. Great centre, healthy food and a great location.
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Barry Cullimore on December 09, 2011, 04:39:59 PM
NAFSO (National Association of Field Study Officers) maintains a small database of centres

http://www.nafso.org.uk/index.php?option=com_sobi2&catid=2&Itemid=62

 - but if its sunshine you want on your fieldcourse then where better than Swanage?!
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: Pumpkin67 on December 11, 2011, 08:47:57 PM
Aylmerton Field Studies Cemtre, Aylmerton, near Cromer

Ideal for KS2

We take up to 75 Y5 each year for a weekend. Flexible to our needs. Low staff turnover. Good value.


FSC Rydd y Craeau,

Well run and flexible field centre. Suitable for KS3. My trip is quite cross curricular but seems to offer more harcore Geography too through to 6th form. Max capacity c 100

Good leaders; super food
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: nik986 on February 23, 2012, 10:00:17 AM
Has anyone run any environmental science trips? if so, where and what did you do etc?

Thanks
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: podders on April 04, 2012, 06:51:34 AM
Barcelona Field Studies Centre - http://geographyfieldwork.com/

Derek and the team never fail to disappoint. A very good level of service down on the Med and a huge range of studies that can be undertaken.

Using them for the third time this year.

Matt
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: helencutts1988 on November 01, 2012, 09:28:40 AM
Hi, I used to work at a outdoor education centre, which did geography and biology fieldwork as well as all the outdoor activities as well.

The company is called Kingswood Learning and leisure.
They have several centres but only 3 that do the fieldwork and they are
Colomendy (north wales)
Overstrand (Norfolk)
Isle of wight

Hope this helps
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: lizzie1 on March 23, 2013, 04:01:17 PM
FSC Slapton Sands was excellent last week! Good accommodation, food and activities for kids. Program well designed to suit our needs. KIds loved it! worth the 51/2 hr drive!
Title: Re: Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
Post by: LangGeog on February 02, 2014, 05:29:28 PM
An unusual one, but we've just come back from Northern Ireland and the Bushmills Education Centre on the North Coast (very close to Giants Causeway). We used it for EdExcel A-Level Geography, unequal spaces and crowded coasts.
Its part of the local authority rather than FSC, and we did the teaching ourselves, but a wonderful location, wonderful staff and facilities there!

Dan