Monthly Archives: August 2017


Communicating across cultures

By | August 31st, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

From the Nepal Himalayas, to the Cambridgeshire Chalk Marl, to the Italian lakes In the winter of 2013/14, an environmentally orientated communication between schools in Italy, England and Nepal began. To initiate the connection, several steps had to be taken. First of all, while collaborators introduced the idea into the European schools, four volunteers began making their [...]

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

By | August 31st, 2017|Webwatch|

This image of a Bornean orang-utan in the Gunung Palung National Park is by photographer Tim Laman.  He spent three days rope-climbing the 30-metre tree to set camera traps he could trigger remotely. This image won him the Grand Title in the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.  Tim says, Protecting their remaining habitat is critical [...]

Teaching for a better world

By | August 31st, 2017|Blog|

Here is a link to David Hick's blog – Teaching for a Better World: learning for sustainability, and this is the link to his latest posting on sustainable schools.  This begins: A sustainable future The notion of 'sustainability' emerged in the 1980s and has become the key concept for exploring the impact of human activity on [...]

Monterey Bay Aquarium lesson plans

By | August 30th, 2017|Webwatch|

This link will take you to lesson plans from the Monterey Bay Aquarium research institute. The foci are: Underwater gliders – used by scientists are the future of oceanic exploration. Follow the steps in this mini-unit to learn about data collected off the coast of Antarctica and how science and technology blend to collect data where humans [...]

Varied, Valuable but Vulnerable

By | August 29th, 2017|Blog|

For several years in newsletters and other publicity our local Cumbria association has used the strapline: Varied, valuable but vulnerable. So much change is underway both nationally and locally at the moment with many important decisions to be made that the implications for the many special areas of the UK risk being ignored.  Last Saturday I [...]

New Books on the environment and people

By | August 28th, 2017|Book Review|

Natural England's recent update on research identified a number of books. Here is a selection: 1. Children Learning Outside the Classroom: From Birth to Eleven edited by Sue Waite. Learning outside the classroom is increasingly seen as beneficial in both early years and primary settings, and it is becoming embedded in the curriculum, but what are [...]

Monday Round up – August 28 to September 1

By | August 28th, 2017|Webwatch|

1.  A new book, The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods, by Robert Llewellyn and Joan Maloof encourages readers to study forests and not just walk in them.  The Mother Nature Network [MNN] has a review of the book by Angela Nelson.  She begins:  "You might think that after 50 years of [...]

International Bat Night – 26th / 27th August

By | August 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

This annual celebration of bats sees bat events for the public taking place across the country.  Bat groups, park rangers and community groups organise fantastic bat walks and talks at dusk, as well some day time fun days.  This celebration of bats is held by bat groups and the Bat Conservation Trust, to coincide with [...]

An ONS consultation on the SDGs

By | August 25th, 2017|Webwatch|

The ONS consultation on sustainable development goals (SDGs) is live.  The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on ONS’s approach to the measurement and reporting of UK progress against the global indicators that underpin the SDGs. Whether you provide data to feed into these measures, are interested in helping to shape how the SDGs [...]

What Sir David said in Edinburgh

By | August 25th, 2017|Blog|

Here are a few of the remarks that Sir David Attenborough made at the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday. "I spend a lot of time wringing my hands and saying how dreadful it is that this forest has been obliterated and that sea has been polluted and whatever. But there are signs of hope." "I have [...]