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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. [...]

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 [...]

10 invasive species causing problems in the UK

By | May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Discover Wildlife has a feature on 10 invasive species "causing trouble" in the UK.  Most are the usual suspects: mink, grey squirrels, signal crayfish, etc.  Not all 'foreign' species are trouble-makers, of course – which is just as well given how many there are: the consequence of our open borders to much wildlife.  It's important to [...]

Hooper’s hedgerow history hypothesis

By | May 15th, 2017|Blog|

Max Hooper died back in February.  While you might not have heard of the man, you might just have heard of Hooper’s Rule.  This is the idea that there was a relationship between the number of different woody plant species found in a particular length of hedge, and the age of the hedge.  Hooper formulated this idea [...]

The Green Schools Project

By | May 10th, 2017|Blog|

Today's featured blog is that of the Green Schools Project. You can see a short video here which explains what Green Schools is about.  There is a lot of emphasis on employment, green skills and leadership, and on student projects.  There's less emphasis on the curriculum.  In fact, there's none at all.  Just as there's [...]

A round up from Natural England

By | May 8th, 2017|Blog|

This link will take you to a round up by Natural England of research relating to outdoor learning.  Specifically, it is "a round up of recent and relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items. This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors [...]

The false laws of physics

By | May 4th, 2017|Blog|

Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’, but new economics can save us, says Kate Haworth in a recent Guardian article that begins: "Things are not going well in the world’s richest economies.  Most OECD countries are facing their highest levels of income inequality in 30 years, while generating ecological footprints of a size that [...]

Learning for Sustainability in Uzbekistan

By | May 2nd, 2017|Blog|

This morning's guest blog is by Quinn Runkle and Steve Martin. A recent vibrantly colourful book about Uzbekistan, called 10 Reasons to visit Uzbekistan, begins thus: “A Trip to Uzbekistan is a trip to magnificent Samarkand, along the royal road to Bukhara, reliving the Silk Road...” Well, why not visit the largest country in Asia, with [...]

Learning Away for All

By | April 28th, 2017|Blog|

Learning Away consortium member, Louise Edwards, who is chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC), will be taking a motion to National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) annual conference this week.  This will urge the NAHT national executive to campaign to protect funding to enable children to have greater access to [...]

30 years of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation

By | April 24th, 2017|Blog|

Thirty years ago, the New Zealand Department of Conservation [DOC] was created.  It was a national declaration that the country valued its nature and wild places, and that it was committed to protecting it for future generations. A recent DOC blog marks this event, looking both forward and back.  It says: To mark this anniversary, we wanted to celebrate [...]