Where are the bees?

It’s hard to know what to make of the bee survey results reported in the Guardian in August.  The headline, which seems misleading, was: Bee count finds school grounds abuzz as their favourite habitat The report began: “Schools and gardens have beaten farmland and the countryside in a survey to determine Britain’s most bee-friendly habitats.…

Earth Overshoot Day

August 13th was Earth Overshoot Day this year.  That’s the day when our annual demand for the goods and services that our land and seas can provide goes beyond what the Earth’s ecosystems can renew in a year. Overshoot means we are drawing down the planet’s principal rather than living off its annual interest and leads to a depletion…

An August Midnight

  We think of Thomas Hardy as a nature poet, although probably not to the extent that we know John Clare to be one. Hardy’s ‘An August Midnight‘, written in 1915, is not just about the natural world, but concerns our relationships in it. Here it is: A shaded lamp and a waving blind, And the beat…

The world’s largest lesson

  On 25th September, the UN will announce its Global Goals for Sustainable Development [SDGs], that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.  The ambition of The World’s Largest Lesson (beginning 27th September) is that children across the world will learn about these goals and began to contribute to their achievement. For schools, it’s…

We Have No Planet B – Education is Everything

Simon Fearnehough, founder and CEO of the Hideout House Company, which specializes in developing products for schools to help foster environmental awareness and sustainable thinking, contributes today’s blog post.  Simon writes: If we are going to make any significant difference to help ease the burden on our planet’s resources, then awareness about environmental issues and…

Remember Marius?

We’ve had a couple of features on zoos in recent months.  There was Allison Price’s feature article on US zoos, and blogpost about a Chris Packham zoos and their role in conservation. Today, here is a link to the BBC’s Discover Wildlife magazine, where there is an article about the killing of healthy animals in zoos.…

Creating links between science and environmental education

On Friday 21st August 2015, there will be a networking day at the Chelsea Physic Garden: Engaging science – creating links between science and environmental education. The day will explore how science can be linked to  work in informal education such as botanic gardens, sustainability, museums and outdoor education settings.  There will be opportunities to network, discuss,  debate and…

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…

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.  

Personal stories of transformation

Mairi Kershaw, Chair of the South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition, contributes today’s blog post. “A person whose goal is self realisation is helping to change the world at its most fundamental level, such people are perhaps the ultimate revolutionaries”  This quote dates back to 1996. In this century, however, social networking has facilitated an…