Dirt’s June Update

Here are some forthcoming events in London c/o Project Dirt: Thursday 16th June Edible Ecosystem Design Course – Outside UK… (8:37am – 9:37am) Learn How to Grow Food & Flowers: Training & Development – Brixton, Lambeth (10am – 1pm) Friday 17th June Economic Exchange Event -Unpacking Social Impact Bonds – Meet the Investors – Shoreditch…

Citizen science update

Citizen science monitoring projects Thanks to LEEF for alerting us to this article on the utility of citizen science reporting in monitoring the spread of invasive species.  It warns that an absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence. Here’s a LEEF’s forthcoming event Wetland habitats: id skills training, Monday 20 June, 10am-4pm, WWT London…

How Shanghai does it

Here’s a link to a feature about a new World Bank report on how Shanghai manages to be so high (1st!) in the global educational attainment tables.  The key findings are: Shanghai’s performance on international tests is linked to a strong education system with efficient public financing. Shanghai’s policies and investments have created a great…

Wildlife and Brexit

The UK Wildlife Trusts think that staying in the EU is good for wildlife, and by implication, good for the rest of us as well. For an extensive coverage of their views, click here. Their comments begin: “The risks faced by wildlife are growing every day. Our wildlife is under real pressure from insensitive built…

Is botany at bay?

The Economist has a feature article on the pressures that plants are under across the world.  It is based on Kew’s new report: The State of the World’s Plants 2016 which was recently published. You can see the Economist feature here, and the report (with its great pictures and graphics) is here.  

Remembering Bill Ballantine

Bill Ballantine was a noted New Zealand marine biologist and grassroots activist who successfully promoting the establishment of “no-take” marine reserves, both in New Zealand and internationally.  These unprecedented reserves are widely considered to be a critical means of protecting marine resources which are quickly being  depleted around the globe. In a Conservation Blog, marine…

A Field Guide to Bees

I should begin by declaring an interest: I like watching bees and can often be found in the garden looking at them when I might be doing something more productive.  It’s as though their sheer industriousness is enough without my joining in.  I am not an expert on bees, nor do I possess great knowledge…

Hands on the Land

The USA is a huge place, and public lands comprise about one-third of the land area, making them a potentially great environmental learning resource. One way to access these is through the Hands on the Land network of field classrooms and websites. These stretch across America from Alaska to Florida, and are sponsored by Within…

Notes from a Reception

Here’s NAEE President, Bill Scott, with some thoughts from his University of bath blog on the reception last Tuesday involving NAEE members and those from NAAEE in the USA, and the members of the Global Environmental Education Project steering committee: The GEEP event last week ended with a reception at @Bristol hosted by the UK’s National Association for Environmental…