Monthly Archives: January 2017


More Outdoor Learning Training Days

By | January 17th, 2017|Webwatch|

Here's a link to Circle of Life's training day schedule for 2017. Play and the Outdoors - an Experiential & Theoretical Journey into Forest School, Play itself and Therapeutic Play  24th & 25th March 2017 Marina Robb and Kate Macairt Mill Woods, East Sussex Click here for the booking form. This training will: Familiarise you with the Forest [...]

There’s more to carrots …

By | January 17th, 2017|Webwatch|

The carrot is a vegetable we take for granted, which is a shame as it brightens and benefits our lives.  Fortunately, the World Carrot Museum can put that right. We suspect that there is more information here than you even want to know, including, perhaps, depictions of the carrot in fine art.  Here's our helpful advice: [...]

Plastics update from Davos

By | January 16th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Ellen Macarthur Foundation says: More than 40 industry leaders have endorsed a new action plan to tackle global plastics issues, and have begun working together to create a more effective global system for plastics.  The plan, laid out in The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action, which was launched today by the World Economic Forum and the [...]

Would you like to go to a nature school?

By | January 16th, 2017|Webwatch|

If so, then the West Midlands seems the place to be, or so the BBC says: "School might be about to get muddier! Wildlife Trusts in England are hoping to set up new schools where kids can learn outdoors as much as possible.  Warwickshire Wildlife Trust say that spending time in the natural environment can [...]

News from Natural England and elsewhere

By | January 16th, 2017|Blog|

1. These are links c/o Natural England of recent research about the natural environment and health. Links between natural environments and physical activity: evidence briefing EIN020 - Links between natural environments and physiological health: evidence briefing EIN021 - Links between natural environments and obesity: evidence briefing   2. These are links to Public Health England resources Active [...]

Insect migration

By | January 16th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Times reported in December that trillions of insects fly across southern England each year in unseen migrations.  Their collective weight is some 3,200 tonnes.  The weight is more than seven times that of the 30m songbirds that fly between UK to Africa each autumn.  Researchers from the University of Exeter have used radar for more [...]

The latest from the USA

By | January 15th, 2017|Webwatch|

Here's the latest from NAAEE across the Atlantic, including news of the 2017 conference in Puerto Rico next October 18 to 21. Meanwhile, here are some highlights from the 2016 conference in Madison WI, so you can see what you missed.

Lake Views from the Guardian

By | January 13th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Guardian had some gloomy pictures before Christmas of lakes across the world as they once were and now are. The picture is of Poyang Lake.  The commentary says: "China’s largest freshwater lake has been shrinking dramatically since the start of the century.  At one point, the lake covered 4,500 square kilometres but its surface [...]

January LEEF Update

By | January 13th, 2017|Webwatch|

Here are a few events being organised by LEEF in the coming weeks   Surrey Docks City Farm Child Protection Training for City Farms 10am-4pm, 23rd January 2017 The seminar is aimed at farmers and outdoor educators who work with children & young people. Safeguarding and child protection should be an important consideration when undertaking any [...]

Nature Watch preview

By | January 12th, 2017|Webwatch|

Here's a link to the Nature Watch catalogue for 2017 and its "tools for teaching kids about nature and science".