February 4th 2019

The Freshwater Habitats Trust says it wants to hear from us about the frog and toad spawn that we spot in garden, community and country ponds.   The details of this year’s spawn survey are here and the survey runs until the end of May.  Meanwhile, you can take a look at the 2018 records on the interactive map created by Merseyside Biobank. . BBC Radio…

Spot 50 Garden Birds

I use these ‘Spot 50’ books all the time when working outside with children (other titles include wildflowers, trees and insects).  They are easy to navigate as a simple field guide, and contain just the right level and amount of information about each species.  Each species has its own page, with a large labelled picture…

NAEE at the ASE conference

What follows is an account by Juliette Green of the presentations NAEE made at the recent ASE conference.  This will be published in the next NAEE journal (Vol 120) which has a focus on the sustainable development goals. On Thursday 10thJanuary 2019, NAEE volunteers (Juliette Green, Nina Hatch and Bill Scott) attended the Association for…

January 28th 2019

The Environmental News Network reports that global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.   ENN says that a Columbia Engineering study, published in Nature, confirms the urgency to tackle climate change. It says: While it’s known that extreme weather events can affect the year-to-year variability in carbon uptake, and some researchers have suggested that there may be longer-term effects,…

50 young environment ambassadors

Over 50 young people from around the UK have today been announced as environment ambassadors as part of the run up to the government’s 2019 Year of Green Action [YoGA] – a year-long drive to see more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world. The #iwill4nature initiative, part of the #iwill campaign which aims…

January 21st 2019

The UK Government has launched YoGA – its Year of Green Action setting out to galvanise activity by everyone.  YoGA is about connecting people all around the country with nature, and showing how we can all take positive action to improve our environment. It’s a year-long drive to help everyone get involved in projects that support nature…

Update from Natural England

This post sets out links to recent (late Autumn 2018) evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy…

January 14th 2019

NAEE was at the Association for Science Education annual conference in Birmingham running two workshops on environmental education through STEM and taking part in a Teachmeet.  One of the most valuable parts of the day was considering with interested and informed colleagues how to bring the 17 sustainable development goals, environmental education and STEM subjects together.  Very stimulating; we’ll be…

Opportunities for an SDG focus at primary and secondary level

Joyce Hallam, retired Head Teacher of Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School, now Geography Consultant and voluntary support worker with the local Global Learning Programme has drawn up a sample of statutory statements in three subject areas of primary and secondary education which provide huge scope for developing concepts, ideas, knowledge, skills values and attitudes that relate directly to GCE…

January 7th 2019

Happy New Year.  George Ellis (1753–1815) was a specialist on medieval literature, but took the time to write (in 1778) The Twelve Months under the pseudonym Sir Gregory Gander.  This is what we can expect in 2019 by way of seasonal variation: Snowy / Flowy / Blowy Showery / Flowery / Bowery Hoppy / Croppy /…