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It’s the big butterfly count

Butterfly Conservation is organising a count of our butterflies.  You can see the detail here. The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies.  Over 44,000 people took part in 2014, counting almost…

New Ofsted Framework

From this September, a new Ofsted inspection framework will apply to the following four stages of education: early years settings, schools, and the FE / skills sector. This is the framework. To download an inspection handbook for each of these four stages, just click on these links: early years maintained schools and academies non-association independent schools further education and skills And this is Ofsted’s…

Climate Ops

Is there a place on earth that means the world to you? A place that, if it was to disappear because of climate change, would leave you devastated? A new initiative, ARTE, gives you the opportunity to share your own experience of nature and a chance to be heard by the decision-makers of our planet.…

Living with the Land

Living With The Land is a new series of nine short films that are free to view and distribute.  You can watch the first two films here.  The first explores Martin Crawford’s 25 year old forest garden in Devon, and the second discovers the beauty of natural building techniques. Produced by Permaculture People, the films show…

Maize on Sunday

Did you catch BBC One’s Countryfile last Sunday? Soil Association, CEO, Helen Browning discussed maize growing in the UK, and the problems this causes.  This year is the UN’s International Year of Soils and the Soil Association is campaigning for soil health and preservation to be taken seriously. Coincidentally (or not), the environmental damage maize crops can have on our soils and…

Monbiot on Re-wilding

Our book review feature at the moment is George Monbiot’s Feral. Monbiot had a related article in last week’s Guardian … “Let’s make Britain wild again and find ourselves in nature” This offers a quick summary of the arguments, and begins in his characteristically engaging style: “When the robin was voted the UK’s national bird last month, we chose to celebrate…