Happy Birthday, Arkive

May 20th marked 14 years of Arkive which now features over 16,000 species, adding over 3 new ones every day. In the human world, the 14th year of marriage, is celebrated as the ivory anniversary. While elephant-themed gifts are now the go-to for many couples, the ivory trade persists around the world and is driving the world’s largest land animal to extinction. For this 14th anniversary,…

Bambi: a Menace to the British Countryside

Today’s guest blog is by Geoffrey Guy who lectures at Reaseheath College.  Geoff is the Director of Education for Bushcraft Education Ltd, and the founder of the Bushcraft Education blog: Bambi: a Menace to the British Countryside A red stag striding through the heather of a Scottish hillside might be a majestic sight but did you know that despite…

The Tree Charter

The Woodland Trust is leading a call for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People (the charter project) with more than 70 organisations taking part.  The details are here. On 6 November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Trust will launch the Charter for Trees, Woods and People.  It says…

Health and Wellbeing from Natural Places

The Health and Wellbeing from Natural Places for Schools and Community event will take pace on Friday 23 June at the University of Plymouth. This will combine research and practice to help schools and community organisations deliver health and wellbeing outcomes in natural environments using evidence-based practice. There will be two parallel session strands that feature research from school and community contexts…

New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, together with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, have announced the launch of the $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize. The Prize which is funded by Wendy Schmidt as Lead Philanthropic Partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative, calls for innovators, designers, scientist and entrepreneurs to help create packaging that keeps…

A view of Trappist One

The Science Geek blog has a detailed account of the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a small cool star known as Trappist One.  It begins: Trappist-1 and its planets were discovered by a team from the University of Liege in Belgium, using a telescope in Chile called TRAPPIST – the TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope.  The team discovered the…

Promoting Environmental Education in Bangladesh

There will be a Promoting Environmental Education in Bangladesh workshop on 20th July at BCU, Millennium Point, Birmingham (approximate 10:00-4:00 with lunch provided).  This is held in partnership with the Build Bangladesh/ Prokriti O Jibon Foundation (PoJF) The purpose of the workshop is to share background experience and knowledge on establishing environmental education programmes as part of mainstream curriculum,…

A proxy vote for nature

BBOWT says give nature a vote in the General Election The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) believes that nature’s recovery starts here, where people and wildlife thrive together.  Nature doesn’t have a vote in this General Election, so the Wildlife Trust is speaking up for all local wildlife and the local environment.  It goes…