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…

Inspirational pond dipping

Last May, the Countryside Jobs Service magazine had a special focus on environmental and outdoor education which included a lead article by NAEE.  This included extracts from teachers’ reports of pupil visits to two outdoor learning centres that were made possible by NAEE’s Kenrick bursaries.  One teacher reported: It’s been a delight to see pupils who struggle with academic…

Gwynt y Môr

Climate Action reports that the world’s second largest wind farm has been opened eight miles in Liverpool Bay, off North Wales, and will boost the UK’s offshore wind power capacity by 14%.  The Gwynt y Môr site has 160 turbines and will generate 576MW of electricity.  This is enough to power around 400,000 average UK homes.  More…

Are Antiques Green?

Is your Victorian chest of drawers ‘greener’ than the one you’ve just bought in a flat pack from that well-known retailer?  How do their carbon footprints compare?  What makes the difference? There’s new information that may help you understand what’s involved.  You can download it here.  Of course, for a balanced view, you should also see…

Recycling Week

Last week was recycling week with an ‘around the home‘ feature. Although it’s over now, in one sense, every week should be recycling week so that we can recycle as much as possible, and reduce the flow of material to landfill.  In another sense, less recycling might, if we focus our minds, come to mean we…

Woodland Days

  Circle of Life says … The summer holidays will soon be upon us, keep your children entertained with our inspiring Woodland Days. Our experts will weave together games, crafts and activities including fire making, cooking, perfect for your children to get back to nature and embrace the outdoors!  Leave your laptops and phones at…

When two Presidents meet …

What do they talk about?  Well, climate change, conservation, wildlife on TV, …  Did you miss it?  For many it was the TV event of June; others we know were disappointed.  The Guardian has a short clip here, and the full 30 minute programme is available on BBC iPlayer.  See what you think. NB, Barack…

Keep Britain Buzzing

  The Soil Association reports that scientists at the University of Reading have found that 80% of crop pollination is done by just 2% of common bee species.  Professor Simon Potts, director of Reading’s Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, warns that all species of pollinators need protection, as we may need to call on others in…