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The Royal Parks has teamed up with the Field Studies Council (FSC) to launch a new programme of one-day courses, in urban locations to enable more people than ever to get back to nature. The range of handy, affordable, one day courses will take place in iconic London parks from January 2013.

From bug hunts and pond dipping to navigation courses, the programmes are all led by passionate and experienced tutors and take place in the beautiful and wildlife-rich surroundings of Greenwich Park, Bushy Park and The Regent's Park.

Expert Tutors with experience of working for organisations including the National History Museum, the Field Studies Council and The Royal Parks will inspire anyone interested in wildlife and the environment with the opportunity to explore and learn more about the natural world through 26 different courses.

Toni Assirati, Head of Education & Community Engagement at The Royal Parks said: "We are really excited about these new courses as they are an ideal way for people to discover more about the wildlife and environment of the Royal Parks. They are held in inspirational local locations for anyone interested in learning more about our beautiful parks.Whether you're into bats and butterflies, or you want to improve your map and compass skills these courses offer something for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and the natural world".

Helen Robertson, Head of Centre at FSC London said: "By offering a range of new courses in accessible, urban locations which are short in duration and low in cost, we're hoping to inspire people about the wonderful wildlife, landscapes and environments on their doorstep. Hopefully these courses will encourage everyone that attends to continue learning about, and experiencing the natural world, which will then be passed on to their children."

FSC and The Royal Parks began a 7-year partnership last year to develop environmental education activities in three of the parks. These new courses follow a successful start to this partnership, which has seen school and college groups from Key Stage 1 to A Level benefit from using The Royal Parks for their environmental education.

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