Birmingham Forest Oaks AGM

Birmingham Forst OAKS is holding its AGM on January 21st (1400 to 1600).  All welcome at Kings Heath Park House. The OAKS is a voluntary organisation (formed in 2004 as the Birmingham FEI) which gathers together groups and individuals involved in Outdoor Learning in Birmingham. The group seeks to promote the educational use of local woodlands and…

Earthworm Watch

    Earthworm Watch is a collaboration between Earthwatch Institute (Europe) and the Natural History Museum in London.  The project is in association with the Earthworm Society of Britain. Earthworm Watch is a national citizen science project that sets out to empower young people, whether as part of a school class, outdoor learning group, home…

National Wildflower Centre to close

The National Wildflower Centre is a seasonal eco-visitor attraction in Knowsley which began in 1975.  Its trustees issued a statement on Thursday saying: “Finances have been increasingly challenging during this time of continuing austerity and it is with great sadness that its Trustees have decided to wind down all business operations by February 2017.  During these…

Green spaces at a tipping point

Green spaces are at a tipping point says The Parks Alliance in a comment on a recent report funded by Heritage Lottery: State of UK Public Parks 2016. The Alliance began its comment: “The Parks Alliance (TPA), the UK’s voice of parks, today responded to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) report ‘State of UK Public Parks 2016’  by…

Low levels of physical activity among children in Scotland

The BBC has reported that Scottish children are among the least active in the world. It says that Scotland has been placed joint last in an international study of physical activity among children.  However, the Active Healthy Kids Report Card praised Scotland’s policies on encouraging physical activity, which were ranked joint second-highest of the 38 countries.  The global study…

Inaugural Living Planet Lecture

Here’s the link to the Inaugural Living Planet Lecture that was delivered earlier this month.  The film includes David Attenborough’s introduction and then the main lecture by Professor Johan Rockstrom of the Stockholm Resilience Institute introducing the concept of the new geological epoch: the Anthropocene and the model based on planetary boundaries.  WWF says: “For those who…