May conference on Early Childhood Education

The World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) is holding its 2016 European Conference in Canterbury at Christ Church University – May 5 to 7. The theme for the Conference is The place of the child in 21st century society and it will focus on all aspects of early childhood education and practice, including sustainability. ……………………………………………………………………… OMEP is an international,…

England has 23 new MCZs

Defra has announced 23 new marine conservation zones around England.  The 23 new zones stretch from Northumberland to Land’s End to Cumbria and include Europe’s longest chalk reef off Cromer in Norfolk.  Together with the 27 MCZs created in 2013, the total is still below the 127 proposed by an earlier consultation. The Guardian reported that marine environment minister George Eustice,…

Growing a Greener Britain

Growing a Greener Britain is a charity that has been set up to help fund community projects in publicly-owned parks and open spaces. Its objectives are Creating improvements to free, publicly accessible green space Providing local employment opportunities through the creation of maintenance projects Providing training and work experience opportunities for those in the local community Promoting of…

When no flooding is the story

Here’s a feature from the Independent on the lack of flooding in Pickering, North Yorkshire. Although there are no pictures of Pickering (this one seems to be of Carlisle) that’s the point, the Independent says, as a range of preventative actions, mostly working with the grain of nature, resulted in no flooding in the town…

Funding for geography field trips

The deadline for applying for fieldwork funding with the Frederick Soddy Trust Schools Award Scheme is January 18th.   The Trust was established in 1957 under the terms set out in the will of the chemist and Nobel Laureate, Professor Frederick Soddy FRS.  It aims to encourage interest in field studies by providing modest financial support for expeditions…

100 years of the National Geographic

National Geographic magazine is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the US National Park Service with a year-long exploration of the parks.  The January 2016 edition features day-to-night images of landmarks including the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park, by Stephen Wilkes who uses digital-imaging technology to create time-spanning panoramas, continuously shooting thousands of images day…