Feral

When you visit a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or an SSSI do you ever question the decisions behind the creation and management of such an area? Are there now so many ‘givens’ in the world of conservation that we blindly accept these as a justification for the many decisions taken on…

Encouraging Cycling and Walking

Have you heard of the government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS)?  No.  We hadn’t either, but Sustrans is enthusing about it.  It was added to the Infrastructure Act earlier this year obliging the Government to set out a long-term plan for boosting walking and cycling.  The Government is now committed to setting out plans and funding for…

New Journal edition now available

Volume 109 (Summer 2015) of NAEE’s journal, Environmental Education, has been mailed to members this week, and will be available as a pdf on the member pages of this website from Monday.   Volume 109 contains case studies and feature articles about how EE and ESD can be used to make learning and the curriculum come alive.…

Wild Connections

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust launched its Wild Connections project today at its Langford lakes reserve. This is a three-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors.  It will focus on 15 of the Trust’s nature reserves around the county and Swindon. Wild Connection volunteers can learn conservation skills such as wildlife surveying, coppicing, hedge laying, and fencing.…

The Countryside Classroom Consortium – an opportunity knocks

The Countryside Classroom is a new initiative from FACE: Farming and Countryside Education.  This is their website – although it is still being developed.  You can become a Partner, a Contributor, or a Sponsor: details are here. Why get involved?  FACE says: Countryside Classroom is the largest ever partnership of organisations committed to helping children learn about food,…

Food for Life

The Food for Life programme is about transforming food culture – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.  FFL works with thousands of schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, helping them build knowledge and skills…

Are you in the South West of England?

If so, then the South West learning for Sustainability Coalition might interest you. The Coalition is a Community Interest Company of over 130 organisations and individuals across the South west.  Coalition members share expertise in sustainable development, education & learning and understand that: “learning, viewed broadly, is crucial to the development of a sustainable South West.” You…

Polli:Nation – it’s time to get involved

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is supporting the UK-wide biodiversity project, Polli:Nation, which supports schools in helping to protect the future of our seriously dwindling bee population.  Learning through Landscapes has just announced that it is now open to applications from primary and secondary schools to take part and apply for support in the project. If you successfully…

Lessons from Near and Far

Plymouth University and Natural England, held a conference last week that brought together key players from the research and policy communities in order to: provide a forum for learning from international research and policy help inform policy directions in particular the potential for learning in natural environments to develop characteristics that are precursors to attainment and enhanced…