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Enquiry into government approach to sustainable development

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched its first inquiry of the new Parliament with calls for evidence on the Government’s approach to sustainable development.  Its website says: “Promoting sustainable development – which for the purposes of this inquiry includes protecting the environment, supporting the low carbon economy and improving wellbeing – could be worth billions of…

Bursary funding success

NAEE has just completed its third year of awarding bursaries to schools. Known as Kenrick Days (after the late Hugh Kenrick), the bursaries are helping Birmingham schools to fulfil Anne Kenrick’s wish to see today’s generation getting outdoors, and learning about the environment, including growing and caring for plants. The bursaries go towards the cost…

Learning from the Sharp End

Time is running out to register for the Bristol Green Capital ESD Symposium in September. Learning from the Sharp End’ – Implications for sustainability in Higher Education takes place on 7 & 8 September, and the registration deadline is 31 August. The symposium focuses on new ideas to empower students to deliver a more sustainable future and…

Have you seen the Common Blue

Butterfly Conservation is asking everyone whether they have seen the Common Blue this year. The Common Blue is the most widespread of the UK’s blue butterflies but in recent years its numbers have declined and in 2012 reached its lowest level on record. As part of this year’s Big Butterfly Count, Butterfly Conservation has teamed up with the National…

The Big Green Gap Year

Participants in the BiGGY school-leaver pilots will talk about their ‘green’ projects from 1300 to 1430 on Friday 28th August at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus in Cheltenham.  They will focus on their experiences and what they learned and can take forward to their university studies. Blogs detailing the work completed can be found here.  For further information contact Meg Baker (BiGGY Coordinator): mbaker3@glos.ac.uk  or …

30 Days Wild

Every day last June, a member of staff from The Wildlife Trusts blogged about a Random Act of Wildness that they did.  Did you ‘do’ any such random acts yourself out of sympathy or solidarity, perhaps – or just for sheer enjoyment?  If not, there’s still time – in September! Meanwhile, you can read about the random…

The nation’s favourite insect

As we have already noted, the Royal Society of Biology [RSB] has launched a ‘what’s the nation’s favourite insect’ competition. You might have already voted for one of the 10 insects identified by the Society’s ecologists.  Or, perhaps, you’re sceptical of the whole idea.  Here’s one such view, taken from our President’s blog.