Monthly Archives: August 2015


The river had us under its spell

By | August 27th, 2015|Webwatch|

So begins Simon Barnes' article in the Guardian about the experiences he and his son, Eddie, had outdoors encouraged by the Wildlife Trust's Wild June idea. Barnes went on: "The Trusts had plenty of ideas for stolen wild moments, but Eddie and I had quite a few as well.  Making a bit of a project of [...]

Canadian Resources for Rethinking 

By | August 26th, 2015|Webwatch|

Resources for Rethinking provides access to lesson plans, curriculum units and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented.  Each resource is reviewed by experienced classroom teachers and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all Canadian provinces and territories. Whether that means they're ok for the UK [...]

Rethinking Education – towards a global common good?

By | August 25th, 2015|Webwatch|

What is the purpose of education? asks UNESCO in a new book to stimulate the discussion on the role of learning and education in the 21st century. The book, Rethinking education – towards a global common good?  was released at the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, South Korea, and is part of the policy debate and negotiations [...]

We Have No Planet B – Education is Everything

By | August 25th, 2015|Blog|

Simon Fearnehough, founder and CEO of the Hideout House Company, which specializes in developing products for schools to help foster environmental awareness and sustainable thinking, contributes today’s blog post.  Simon writes: If we are going to make any significant difference to help ease the burden on our planet’s resources, then awareness about environmental issues and [...]

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge

By | August 24th, 2015|Environmental Education Feature|

Jennifer Allen, writes about the work of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF). The Forum is part of the Sustainable Pembrokeshire Environmental Education Link group (SPEEL) that was established in 2002 as a platform for ideas and practical discussion on how to positively promote and combine environmental education and sustainable development in Pembrokeshire. By taking a holistic and bespoke approach to sustainable management of the coast, [...]

More on the Hen Harrier’s continuing difficulties

By | August 24th, 2015|Webwatch|

In a recent Wildlife Trusts blog, Stephen Trotter (the Wildlife Trusts' Director, England) looks at some of the problems facing birds of prey and habitats in the uplands of England.   His post begins: "I’ve read with sadness and exasperation the reports of disappearing male hen harriers this spring and summer.  Four male harriers have been reported [...]

If you read a screen outside, is it outdoor learning?

By | August 23rd, 2015|Blog|

A recent article by Day Nursaries (UK) says that a lack of outdoor adventures and too much electronic screen time is damaging children’s health.   The article begins: "By spending more than 86 hours of the summer holidays staring at electronic devices, children are missing out on traditional outdoor activities, according to a new study published [...]

Biodiversity Benchmark

By | August 23rd, 2015|Webwatch|

In 2007, Center Parcs became the first organisation in the UK to be awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark standard for its short break locations in Cumbria, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk and Wiltshire. The Wildlife Trusts now say that, owing to the company’s hard work and commitment, it has maintained this standard for the subsequent seven years [...]

The Shark Trust

By | August 22nd, 2015|Webwatch|

What do you know about the Shark Trust? It was established in 1997 and is the only UK registered charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action.  The Trust undertakes a range of projects, campaigns and policy work to ensure the survival of this integral apex predator of our oceans. It's also a founder member of the Shark Alliance, a [...]

Remember Marius?

By | August 21st, 2015|Blog|

We've had a couple of features on zoos in recent months.  There was Allison Price's feature article on US zoos, and blogpost about a Chris Packham zoos and their role in conservation. Today, here is a link to the BBC's Discover Wildlife magazine, where there is an article about the killing of healthy animals in zoos. [...]