Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Tracking & Sign Training

By | July 31st, 2015|Webwatch|

If you like having fun, getting muddy knees, and getting to know your wild neighbours, this may be the course for you. Workshops, on Saturday August 22nd and Sunday 23rd will try to bring out the Sherlock Holmes in you.  Through a range of exercises and games, you can explore how to recognise different tracks and signs, [...]

India’s Voluntary Nature Conservancy

By | July 30th, 2015|Blog|

NAEE President, Bill Scott, met Dhaval Patel from the Voluntary Nature Conservancy, VNC,  last week to talk about environmental education in India and the UK. VNC is based in Vallabh Vidhyanagar in Gujarat, and began its work as a charitable foundation in 1988.  Its activities are wide-ranging, including: Nature Education Camps An Outdoor Experiential Educational Programme Observational Outing on Sunday Mornings A Reptile [...]

What do you think about Glyphosate?

By | July 30th, 2015|Webwatch|

From the Soil Association: After a very successful glyphosate scientific briefing in Westminster (See this), the Association has launched its ‘Not in our bread’ petition to tell major supermarkets and bread manufacturers that we don’t want glyphosate residues in what we eat. A link to their petition is here,  or you can share via the Soil Association Facebook page and on [...]

Nature Explorers get ready for summer adventure at Slimbridge

By | July 29th, 2015|Webwatch|

This summer holiday, children can discover their inner adventurer by becoming a Nature Explorer at Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Little explorers can follow in the footsteps of Scott of the Antarctic (father of WWT's founder Sir Peter Scott) by going on wild adventures and recording them in an official WWT Nature Explorer passport. They can collect stickers [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors

By | July 28th, 2015|Book Review|

Once I began to read this book, I could not put it down – and that for me is one sign of a really good book! The introduction all rings true, giving important rationale points and highlighting what teachers already have: ‘the skills and competencies to teach outside as well as inside. … any approach [...]

The Bristol Sustainable Schools Conference

By | July 28th, 2015|Webwatch|

You can read comments about the outcomes of the sustainable schools conference in Bristol on the SSA website.  These are from headteacher Neil Jones, who's a member of the SSA management board, and a SEEd Trustee.  Neil blogs here. His comments begin ... The National Sustainable Schools Conference was held at Bristol University Students Union on July 2nd.   This year [...]

Latest NAEE journal published

By | July 27th, 2015|Blog|

NAEE has published its new journal, Environmental Education Vol 109, for its members.  Its contents include a number of regular features such as the President's Column, and reports from NAEE-sponsored field work by schools.   Feature articles this time include: Investigating soils in the primary classroom – Tracy Atkinson Discover Superworm in your local forest – Rachel Giles Soil [...]

When a bird hunts a butterfly

By | July 26th, 2015|Blog|

Butterfly Conservation News says this, about one of our most common (and dazzling) butterflies ... "The Small Tortoiseshell is a common garden species but you are most likely to find this butterfly amongst the weeds and wild areas than in the formal flowerbeds.   Females lay their eggs on nettles and at night both sexes [...]

Goal Zero – news from CAT

By | July 26th, 2015|Webwatch|

Zero Carbon Britain is a key research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology. This long-established Centre in Wales sets out to show that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today. You can access CAT's zero carbon Britain blog here, and subscribe here to its newsletter.

Love Parks Week

By | July 24th, 2015|Webwatch|

People up and down the country will be celebrating Love Parks Week, made possible through support from the Big Lottery Fund, with events and activities for all from July 24 – August 2. As a part of this annual celebration of parks, now in its ninth year, parks around the country will be hosting events [...]