Monthly Archives: December 2016


Entomology as a Gateway to Appreciating Environmental Education

By | December 10th, 2016|Blog|

Today's Blog is contributed by Diane Vukotic who is an outdoor enthusiast who encourages parents to take their children camping to reconnect with nature, learn respect for wildlife, and develop self-esteem.  She blogs at and you can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Entomology as a Gateway Nature is often viewed as something which is [...]

National Wildflower Centre to close

By | December 10th, 2016|Webwatch|

The National Wildflower Centre is a seasonal eco-visitor attraction in Knowsley which began in 1975.  Its trustees issued a statement on Thursday saying: "Finances have been increasingly challenging during this time of continuing austerity and it is with great sadness that its Trustees have decided to wind down all business operations by February 2017.  During these [...]

John Muir: the Scotsman who saved America’s wild places

By | December 9th, 2016|Book Review|

John Muir is regarded as the 'father of America's national parks' and is a towering figure in the history of that country's involvement with ecology, wilderness and all things natural.  Born into a harsh disciplinarian home in Dunbar, Scotland (not the US as often thought), as a young boy he would often escape the grit of [...]

Communicate 2016: Swapping Spectacles

By | December 9th, 2016|Webwatch|

Here's a link to the 2016 Communicate website and all the presentation slides from the recent conference.  Communicate 2016 had the theme of Swapping Spectacles, and was held on 02 & 03 November, at Bristol Zoo Gardens. And here's a link to the next conservation lecture at the zoo given by Ben Garrod.

More from Groundwork

By | December 9th, 2016|Webwatch|

Click here for an update from Groundwork West Midlands on their latest activities. This includes Charlotte's story, and an anti carrier bag story c/o Tesco.  

Green spaces at a tipping point

By | December 8th, 2016|Webwatch|

Green spaces are at a tipping point says The Parks Alliance in a comment on a recent report funded by Heritage Lottery: State of UK Public Parks 2016. The Alliance began its comment: "The Parks Alliance (TPA), the UK’s voice of parks, today responded to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) report ‘State of UK Public Parks 2016’  by [...]

Low levels of physical activity among children in Scotland

By | December 8th, 2016|Webwatch|

The BBC has reported that Scottish children are among the least active in the world. It says that Scotland has been placed joint last in an international study of physical activity among children.  However, the Active Healthy Kids Report Card praised Scotland's policies on encouraging physical activity, which were ranked joint second-highest of the 38 countries.  The global study [...]

UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report 2016

By | December 7th, 2016|Webwatch|

The World must urgently take action to cut a further 25% from predicted 2030 emissions, says a recent UN Environment report.  This comes on the same day that the newspapers are full of stories about the terrible smog in Delhi.  The two are, of course, inter-linked. UNEP also released a report from the  One Gigatonne Coalition, about which [...]

Inaugural Living Planet Lecture

By | December 6th, 2016|Webwatch|

Here's the link to the Inaugural Living Planet Lecture that was delivered earlier this month.  The film includes David Attenborough’s introduction and then the main lecture by Professor Johan Rockstrom of the Stockholm Resilience Institute introducing the concept of the new geological epoch: the Anthropocene and the model based on planetary boundaries.  WWF says: "For those who [...]

CNN Conference 2017

By | December 6th, 2016|Webwatch|

This will take place in Vancouver from April 18 to 21 2017. CNN says: "Join us in Vancouver for inspiring keynotes, expertly-curated workshops, field trips and action labs designed to support and advance the work you do to connect children, families and communities to nature.  Get the conversation going at #CNC2017" Day one of the Conference is [...]