Monthly Archives: August 2015


30 Days Wild

By | August 15th, 2015|Webwatch|

Every day last June, a member of staff from The Wildlife Trusts blogged about a Random Act of Wildness that they did.  Did you 'do' any such random acts yourself out of sympathy or solidarity, perhaps – or just for sheer enjoyment?  If not, there's still time – in September! Meanwhile, you can read about the random [...]

The nation’s favourite insect

By | August 13th, 2015|Blog|

As we have already noted, the Royal Society of Biology [RSB] has launched a 'what's the nation's favourite insect' competition. You might have already voted for one of the 10 insects identified by the Society's ecologists.  Or, perhaps, you're sceptical of the whole idea.  Here's one such view, taken from our President's blog.  

Update from the Forest Education Network

By | August 13th, 2015|Webwatch|

The Forest Education Network (FEN) was set up in 2012 as the successor to the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) in England. Hosted by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the FEN seeks to engage more young people in forest and woodland environments by supporting education in forest and woodland settings, networking and sharing good [...]

Are you counting butterflies?

By | August 12th, 2015|Webwatch|

Sir David Attenborough is calling on the public to help reverse butterfly declines by taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. The Big Butterfly Count encourages people to spot and  record 18 species of common butterflies and two day-flying moths during three weeks of high summer. Have you recorded yet?

Evidence that it’s cloudy here

By | August 11th, 2015|Webwatch|

A recent map from NASA shows cloud cover over the earth.  This shows an average of a satellite’s cloud observations between July 2002 and April 2015.  You can just about make out the UK – under all that cloud. NASA says that typically 67% of Earth’s surface is covered by clouds, especially the case over the oceans, with less [...]

Personal stories of transformation

By | August 10th, 2015|Blog|

Mairi Kershaw, Chair of the South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition, contributes today’s blog post. "A person whose goal is self realisation is helping to change the world at its most fundamental level, such people are perhaps the ultimate revolutionaries"  This quote dates back to 1996. In this century, however, social networking has facilitated an [...]

Letter to No. 10

By | August 10th, 2015|Webwatch|

c/o The Guardian, here is a letter that "ten leading UK charities concerned with protection of the environment"   sent to the Prime Minister late last month.   The authors say they ... "are writing to raise a major concern.  On the basis  of the decisions made by your ministers in the first period of this government, we have concluded that [...]

Young Children and the Environment

By | August 9th, 2015|Book Review|

This is the second edition of Young Children and the Environment, which was first published in 2010. It is revised and updated, with 7 new chapters including a section exploring sustainability education in a variety of global contexts. Its authors now come from across the world, although over half of them are still based in [...]

Is there a butterfly reserve near you?

By | August 8th, 2015|Webwatch|

Butterfly Conservation has over 30 Nature Reserves, all havens for butterflies, moths and other wildlife.  Volunteers manage most of the reserves and everyone   is welcome to join in with the events and work parties on these interesting sites. Most reserves are open to visitors at all times, and many are designated Open Countryside, or have [...]

Africa is where the young people are

By | August 7th, 2015|Webwatch|

As we note on our blog, the UN says that the total number of people will probably grow from 7.3 billion today, to 9.7 billion in 2050. Over 50% of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa. Of the additional 2.4 billion people projected to be added to the global population [...]