Garden Organic in May

By | May 27th, 2017|Webwatch|

The May edition of Garden Organic's newsletter is here.  This includes: The fight against the use of neonicotinoids – Good news! Last month, two important steps were made in the fight to rid our gardens and countryside of damaging neonicotinoid insecticides.  Both Defra and B&Q have made bold steps to reduce the use of neonics. International Compost Awareness Week [...]

Thinking of the MEEN

By | May 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

Our thoughts have been with MEEN, the Manchester Environmental Education Network, this week, but not because of the environmental education they do. MEEN is dedicated to supporting teachers, organisations and individuals working to promote environmental education and education for sustainability. You'll find details of what MEEN does here.  It helps educationalists meet up, share good practice and train [...]

Research about connecting children to nature

By | May 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

Researchers in sustainability science at Stockholm University are seeking input from professionals about connecting children to nature.  Their request starts: We are researchers in sustainability science and we are seeking input from professionals in the field of connecting children to nature.  We have prepared a survey to understand what kind of nature experiences connect children to nature, and what kind of abilities [...]

School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference

By | May 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

The first School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference will take place from 30th June – 1st July at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. It aims to revive interest in school-based farming and the role farms in schools have in the development of an holistic education.  The conference will have keynote presentations, breakout sessions and practitioner-focused sharing and practical workshops, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]