About this website
This website is an archive of scientific and geographical material relating to Field Studies Council Field Centres and their surrounding areas. It comes from 4 main sources:
(a) scientific papers originally published in Field Studies Journal, an annual journal produced by Field Studies Council between 1959 and 2003
(b) the short scientific papers which were included in the Annual Report of the FSC in the 1950s
(c) the proceedings of the biennial Malham Tarn Research Seminar, which has been held since 2001
(d) papers, short articles and field notes published online since 2015.
We think our main audience will be visitors to FSC Field Centres who would like to find out more information about the places that they visit.
Over the 44 years of its publication, Field Studies Journal built up an extensive archive of material, much of it to provide background information to staff and visitors relating to the areas around FSC Field Centres. Aimed at the non-specialist, we think the main audience for this archive will be undergraduates and above.
You will probably enter this site through the front page. From each page within the site you can search through the 263 papers available as pdf downloads. Either search by Field Centre, by category (Biology, Geography and other subjects) or by date (which lists all the papers in order of publication, as well as volume and issue numbers). Read the following three examples of how you might use this site.
Using this site
You are a Year 12 AS Biology student who has visited Dale Fort Field Centre to collect data on for your biology coursework.
Either browse papers by Field Centre then choose Dale Fort.
Or browse by category then choose the category which best describes your fieldwork, e.g. Marine biology.
You are a primary teacher who is looking for research on the subject of out-of-classroom learning.
Select browse by category then choose Fieldwork - teaching and learning.
You might also investigate research available at Field Studies Council Campaigns.
You are a Biological Sciences undergraduate who has not visited any Field Centre but whose reading list includes a reference to a paper produced in Field Studies Journal.
For example, a very popular paper is W.J. Ballantine (1961): A biologically-defined exposure scale for the comparative description of rocky shores.
Select browse by date then scroll down to 1961. Select the title to download the pdf.
This site was developed by FSC Publications.