Changing children’s attitudes to nature

Can a school trip change children’s attitudes to nature? asks Lorna Fox, WWT’s National Learning Adviser in a recent COtC blog. The post explores the results of research which tracked 500 pupils aged 8-9 who went to visit a WWT wetland centre for a pond dipping session.  Lorna’s post begins: “What was your best day of the school year when…

March 5 News Round-up

New Scientist says that the clothes on our backs are responsible for huge amounts of pollution – but lab-grown fabrics and changes to our fashion habits can make a big difference.  It adds: Dressing ourselves is a necessity that has spawned one of the most polluting economic activities on the planet.  The clothing industry creates carbon emissions…

It’s World Book Day

It’s world book day today and many young people all over the world will be going to school dressed as their favourite characters.  There will surely be lots of Harry Potter, David Walliams, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Fletcher, Clare Balding (etc) and Disney (etc) characters as world book day becomes more about commerce than about…

Guest blogs on Wildlife watch

Here are a few recent guest blogs on the Wildlife Watch site: Hear from our Wildlife Watchers Hear inspirational stories, advice and ‘wild’ ideas from our teenage and young supporters. They share how they spend their wild time, the conservation issues that they are passionate about and tonnes of ways that you can get in…

February 26 News Round up

The Forestry Commission says its Early Years Teacher’s Pack is a free learning resource, which contains curriculum-linked activities, to teach learners about forests and how they’re looked after for people and wildlife.  All the activities have been designed to be used outdoors, in your local woods, park or school grounds.  There are also Gruffalo-themed forest activities that can be…

The days of March

Did you know that … March 1 to 11 is Fair-trade Fortnight March 3 is World Wildlife Day March 5 to 9 is Waste Week March 9 to 18 is British Science Week March 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers March 19 to 23 is Grandparent Gardening Week March 21 is the…

More about that Doughnut

Last week we covered Ronald Rovers’ (broadly positive) views on Kate Raworth’s doughnut model of the human-biosphere connection. This is a link to what, Bill Scott (NAEE’s Chair of Trustees) wrote back in 2013 about the idea when it first emerged c/o Oxfam’s Discussion Paper, A Safe and Just Space for Humanity.   This is what Oxfam…

February 19 News Round up

Exeter University says: “Explore the potential solutions to climate change and how they relate to the UN’s sustainable development goals.” This is a free 4-week online course (3 hours per week) with an ‘upgrade’ available.  On the course “you will explore solutions to this global challenge, including mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering, which can help avoid the most dangerous climate changes…

Natural England Round up

Click here to read another round up from Natural England of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items. This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research,…

Environmental education and special needs in South Africa

Tamlyn Hardy writes about the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Seabirds (SANCCOB) which is an international leader in oiled wildlife response, rehabilitation and chick-rearing; contributes to research which benefits seabirds; trains people to care for the birds and educates the public to develop behavioural change which benefits marine life and environment. I currently…