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Arkive finds two new species

Photographs on the Arkive website have helped naturalists identify two previously unrecorded species of magnolia. In 2010, Roberto Pedraza Ruiz gave Arkive a series of photos he had taken in a cloud forest within eastern Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.  One was identified as being the magnolia, Magnolia dealbata, classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  But…

More learning away

Learning Away, which promotes residentials, has secured a further two-years funding (£215,000) from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This will be used to promote and champion residential learning and enable more young people to benefit from these experiences. The consortium says that the funding will enable it to: continue to make the case for and build…

March 1916

The Guardian website carried an evocative article last week that originally appeared in the Manchester Guardian in March 1916.  It begins, “The sun went down a huge ball almost blood-red in colour, and so vast that half the heaven in the west seemed to be covered. As it sank, all that remained of this ruddy twilight…

Project Dirt activities

Here are the activities that Dirt has identified over the next two weeks. Sunday 20th March Forest School Club – Gravesend, Kent (10am – 12:15pm) Hedge Planting Party – Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (11am – 1pm) Worcester Soup March – Worcester, Worcestershire (3pm – 6pm)   Monday 21st March ‘Mistletoe, mapping soil variation, his PhD, soil science & precision agriculture!’ – Southend,…

Training Ops from CLOtC

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom has announced new training opportunities for 2016.  It says: “We have revised and updated our training programme to ensure that we continue to improve and meet the needs of those working in learning outside the classroom.  Our training programme now offers a clear progression, so that you can build…

The Parks Alliance

The Parks Alliance – the national voice of UK parks – has announced that Nesta, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have published a report ‘Learning to Rethink Parks’ which presents the lessons from Rethinking Parks, an 18 month programme designed to find and test ways for Britain’s national  parks to source new sustainable…