Monthly Archives: January 2016


OMEP’s 2016 Conference

By | January 24th, 2016|Webwatch|

OMEP is an international non–governmental and non-profit organisation with Consultative Status at the United Nations and UNESCO. It was founded in 1948 to defend and promote the well-being and education of children from birth to eight. Registration is now open for its 2016 European Conference and here is a 2nd call for papers. The 2016 [...]

Gardens and Growing

By | January 24th, 2016|Book Review|

Philippa Riste examines two quite different books about gardens and growing, and finds them both valuable. Gardening in School All Year Round is an excellent teaching resource to equip schools in the creation and maintenance of a functioning school garden, with associated gardening club.  Each month has a dedicated double page spread full of practical information, [...]

May conference on Early Childhood Education

By | January 22nd, 2016|Webwatch|

The World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) is holding its 2016 European Conference in Canterbury at Christ Church University – May 5 to 7. The theme for the Conference is The place of the child in 21st century society and it will focus on all aspects of early childhood education and practice, including sustainability. ................................................................................. OMEP is an international, [...]

Project Dirt news

By | January 21st, 2016|Webwatch|

You can read Project Dirt's first newsletter of 2016 here. There are sections on resources, volunteering and jobs – and the other news section has features on: improving communications tree pruning permaculture design, and getting active outdoor    

Wild about Learning

By | January 21st, 2016|Blog|

There's a new video from London Wildlife Trust [LWT] about the importance of outdoor learning for young children and families. It's set around Camley Street Natural Park, a small nature reserve, just Without brittle six to head about it find oily is never it. My stored so hair get. an eight minute walk from [...]

Gardens are good for us says the RHS

By | January 20th, 2016|Webwatch|

Although this will not come as a surprise to anyone who takes gardening seriously, it will be a theme of the RHS's various gardening shows in 2016. For example, Health, Happiness and Horticulture is incorporated in several designs at RHS Chelsea. Chris Beardshaw’s collaboration with Morgan Stanley is a distinctive Show Garden that will be relocated [...]

2015’s most popular species on Arkive

By | January 20th, 2016|Blog|

You'll never guess, but it was a snake. Sadly, this wasn't a British snake – well, not a native one – it was a common garter snake from North America.  This is what Arkive has to say about it: "The common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) is a long, slender North American snake with a colourful [...]

Joining Butterfly Conservation for free

By | January 19th, 2016|Webwatch|

You can now join Butterfly Conservation for free.  Use promo code NEWYR16 and you’ll enjoy 12 months free membership, giving you the chance to find out more about Butterfly Conservation's fantastic work - and what you can do to help. BC will send you a welcome pack to get you started, including information about their reserves, and ideas for creating [...]

Clean for the Queen?

By | January 18th, 2016|Blog|

Yet another anti-litter campaign has been launched, this time to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.  It is supported by environmental reporting service, Love Clean Streets. LCS is urging people to report environmental issues by using a smart phone App which makes it easy to report issues.  To get involved, you will need to download the app, and then when you come across [...]

England has 23 new MCZs

By | January 18th, 2016|Webwatch|

Defra has announced 23 new marine conservation zones around England.  The 23 new zones stretch from Northumberland to Land’s End to Cumbria and include Europe’s longest chalk reef off Cromer in Norfolk.  Together with the 27 MCZs created in 2013, the total is still below the 127 proposed by an earlier consultation. The Guardian reported that marine environment minister George Eustice, [...]