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Marvellous Mud Snails

By | May 7th, 2020|Environmental Education Feature|

Joanna Lindsay is the Conservation Officer for Buglife Scotland; Laura Larkin is a Conservation Officer for Buglife. They write here about the Marvellous Mud Snails project with schools in Cornwall and Scotland. The Pond Mud Snail (Omphiscola glabra) is a modest mollusc, by all standards. With its less-than glamourous name and murky brown shell that rarely [...]

Complementing environmental education

By | May 6th, 2020|Blog|

Ben Ballin writes: Back in January, NAEE trustee Morgan Phillips offered his stimulating thoughts on reframing environmental education.  This blog is intended to complement his contribution, and indeed it especially concerns itself with the value of adopting complementary approaches. In writing it, I have gone ‘back to the future’ and revisited ideas that I shared in the [...]

Waste education in Devon

By | May 4th, 2020|Environmental Education Feature|

Lucy Mottram is Waste Education Officer for Devon County Council.  She is a trained teacher with experience working in farming, ecology and sustainability in the UK, Greece and Italy.  She writes here about her plastic pirates project. “So you’re a rubbish teacher!” said the young son of a dear friend when I described what I did.  And, [...]

May 4th 2020

By | May 3rd, 2020|Webwatch|

Every half-term members of the Burnet News Club explore a different issue in the news.  Teachers receive a fully-resourced 6-hour scheme of work on each issue, including inspiring multimedia news content and engaging activities which can be used across the curriculum.  Each issue addresses important social and political questions, and presents different perspectives and ideas to [...]

The problems of Wildlife Trading

By | April 28th, 2020|Blog|

Today's post is an extract from a blog on the ECOJUST website.  It's by Pauline Verheij who posted it in February, before the global impact of COVID-19 became clear.  As such, the opening section's data are being overtaken repeatedly on a daily basis.  The post makes clear that given the globalised nature of the wildlife trade, this is not just [...]

April 27th 2020

By | April 27th, 2020|Webwatch|

The deadline for features in the latest CJS Focus on Environmental Education & Outdoor Activities is May 1st.   You can secure free space in this CJS publication in association with the Countryside Education Trust.  Its readership, estimated at 100,000, is involved in countryside, environmental & wildlife conservation across the UK; many work in environmental education [...]

Useful wildlife links for a lockdown

By | April 21st, 2020|Blog|

Here is a selection of resources that youngsters everywhere might enjoy and learn something from.  All of these activities can be experienced without leaving home.  It has been compiled by Henricus Peters, NAEE's on-line journal editor: #DoTheRightThing Insects / minibeasts Buglife charity has resources on beetles, bees, butterflies, moths, and dragonfly The Royal Entomological Society runs National Insect Week each June [...]

April 20th 2020

By | April 20th, 2020|Webwatch|

Wednesday 22nd Update Happy Earth day 🌏 . Tuesday 21st Update c/o Jess Tipton: Today pm Climate of Emotions conference Wed to Sun Earth Optimism Summit Mon 27th after school Eco-Anxiety in Young People teacher training online eco-resources and events digest . The Economist Education Foundation (which is an independent educational charity) has a video introduction to the climate protests [...]

The Drawdown Review

By | April 14th, 2020|Blog|

In his latest newsletter from Poland, David Oldroyd discusses the Drawdown Review, which details how we might limit global warming.  There are two Drawdown scenarios.  They align, respectively, with meeting a minimum goal of 2°C and a more ambitious goal of 1.5°C.  Drawdown Scenario 1 is roughly in-line with 2 ̊C temperature rise by 2100, while [...]

Four steps for linking environmental education and literacy

By | April 13th, 2020|Environmental Education Feature|

Victoria Hackett, an environmental education consultant, explores how environmental education and literacy can be linked in work with children. Step 1: Create signs What is the first thing you see when you walk into an outdoor classroom?  Is it a welcome sign?  There is nothing more inviting than a welcome sign!  A welcome sign is an [...]