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…

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…