Book Review

/Book Review

Never mind the Romans

By | August 28th, 2015|Book Review|

What has nature ever done for us? is the title of a well-received book by Tony Juniper which was published in 2013 by Profile Books?   As the blurb says: "... nature provides the 'natural services' that keep the economy going.  From the recycling miracles in the soil;  an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; [...]

Learning with Nature

By | August 16th, 2015|Book Review|

A quick internet search or time spent in this sector tells you that the world is not short of books offering activities to do in the great outdoors.  However, credit must be given to the authors of ‘Learning with Nature’ who have written a book which stands out in this sea of titles and offers [...]

Young Children and the Environment

By | August 9th, 2015|Book Review|

This is the second edition of Young Children and the Environment, which was first published in 2010. It is revised and updated, with 7 new chapters including a section exploring sustainability education in a variety of global contexts. Its authors now come from across the world, although over half of them are still based in [...]

In Pursuit of Butterflies: a fifty year affair

By | August 6th, 2015|Book Review|

Mark Cocker ends his review in The Spectator of Matthew Oates' new book with this comment on a key argument that the book sets out: "Most impressive of all is his concluding chapter, aptly entitled ‘Towards Some Meaning’, where he diagnoses why conservation has so often failed to protect these quintessential inhabitants of ecological transience.  He also seeks to answer his [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors

By | July 28th, 2015|Book Review|

Once I began to read this book, I could not put it down – and that for me is one sign of a really good book! The introduction all rings true, giving important rationale points and highlighting what teachers already have: ‘the skills and competencies to teach outside as well as inside. … any approach [...]

Nature’s Playground

By | July 22nd, 2015|Book Review|

Nature’s Playground is a beautiful book jam packed with well thought out ideas for encouraging children to enjoy the great outdoors.  Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield have combined their experiences giving their own children freedom to explore wild places with Fiona’s history in environmental education and Jo’s career as a professional photographer to produce a [...]


By | July 12th, 2015|Book Review|

When you visit a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or an SSSI do you ever question the decisions behind the creation and management of such an area? Are there now so many ‘givens’ in the world of conservation that we blindly accept these as a justification for the many decisions taken on [...]

Can Pooh and Piglet save the Bees?

By | June 29th, 2015|Book Review|

The British Beekeepers Association, in partnership with Egmont Publishing, have created a new ‘bee-friendly’ guide inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh, with activities for families to help save honey bees.  In the Guide, which can be found here, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet plant a flowering window box, in Oxford. Pooh's 10-point guide to saving bees is listed by the [...]

Pig’s Egg & Jasper’s Beanstalk

By | June 24th, 2015|Book Review|

Pig's Egg is a brilliant book that explains about animal life cycles in a novel and amusing way. Pig is upset that his friends goose, duck and hen can fly and that they don’t have time to spend with him, as their eggs have all hatched (which introduces new vocabulary, particularly ‘gosling’ as a baby goose). [...]

The Wildlife Gardener

By | June 11th, 2015|Book Review|

This is a brilliant book for use as a teachers' guide and for lesson planning where the teacher wishes to focus on nature and environmental issues. I especially like the practical sections (make and do). What child could resist making a bee hotel, a hedgehog box or a pond for frogs? The 'Ten Things to [...]