Monthly Archives: May 2017

School Trips discussed on Women’s Hour

By | May 25th, 2017|Webwatch|

BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour had a recent feature on school trips.  The BBC says: School trips can be educational, adventurous, fun... and costly.  What are the merits of getting back to basics and going camping?  Or is that too much effort? James Wynne, Head of Science at Chesterfield School in Crosby, who has recently [...]

Education and Global Goals

By | May 25th, 2017|Blog|

Today's blog is by Clive Belgeonne, Education Adviser at DECSY (Development Education Centre, South Yorkshire), one of the National Leaders (North) of the Global Learning Programme (England), and Course Leader of PG Citizenship Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Education and Global Goals In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. [...]

Martineau Gardens on Outdoor Classroom Day

By | May 24th, 2017|Webwatch|

Martineau Gardens, in Edgbaston invited pupils from Christ the King Primary School, Kingstanding  to become Plant Professors for a day, during their school visit to the Gardens on Outdoor Classroom Day (Thursday 18 May). When pupils attend a teaching session at Martineau Gardens they learn about the natural environment in the grounds of a beautiful community garden. Whilst  [...]

Happy Birthday, Arkive

By | May 24th, 2017|Webwatch|

May 20th marked 14 years of Arkive which now features over 16,000 species, adding over 3 new ones every day. In the human world, the 14th year of marriage, is celebrated as the ivory anniversary. While elephant-themed gifts are now the go-to for many couples, the ivory trade persists around the world and is driving the world's largest land animal to extinction. For this 14th anniversary, [...]

The International Day for Biological Diversity

By | May 23rd, 2017|Webwatch|

 Yesterday was the International Day for Biological Diversity – and we forgot to remind you; but maybe you knew already.  The UN set up IDB to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.  You'll find some history here.  The theme for 2017 is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism, and here's what the UN press release said: Tourism [...]

Renewable energy in the EU

By | May 23rd, 2017|Webwatch|

This link takes you to a series of graphs in the Economist which show how a range of different countries in the EU use wind energy to generate electricity. In 2015, the amount generated from renewables was 600 Terawatt Hours with wind being the source of over 50% of it. Germany is the best generator [...]

Bambi: a Menace to the British Countryside

By | May 22nd, 2017|Blog|

Today’s guest blog is by Geoffrey Guy who lectures at Reaseheath College.  Geoff is the Director of Education for Bushcraft Education Ltd, and the founder of the Bushcraft Education blog: Bambi: a Menace to the British Countryside A red stag striding through the heather of a Scottish hillside might be a majestic sight but did you know that despite [...]

The Tree Charter

By | May 22nd, 2017|Webwatch|

The Woodland Trust is leading a call for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People (the charter project) with more than 70 organisations taking part.  The details are here. On 6 November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Trust will launch the Charter for Trees, Woods and People.  It says [...]

World Environment Day, 5 June

By | May 21st, 2017|Webwatch|

It's World Environment Day on June 5th. What will you be doing? Here's a pack of ideas for you, and a series of toolkits if you're short of inspiration.

Health and Wellbeing from Natural Places

By | May 19th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Health and Wellbeing from Natural Places for Schools and Community event will take pace on Friday 23 June at the University of Plymouth. This will combine research and practice to help schools and community organisations deliver health and wellbeing outcomes in natural environments using evidence-based practice. There will be two parallel session strands that feature research from school and community contexts [...]