During 2017-2018, 487 schools were involved in delivering the John Muir Award in Scotland (40 more than 2016-17) – this includes 43% of Secondary Schools, 16% of Primary Schools and 5% of Special Schools
Scotland is facing key pressures on its biodiversity. Some of these pressures are physical, such as pollution, the overuse of resources, or climate change. Others are more about the way we (under) value nature and the goods and services it provides in decision making. Modern living means we have less connection with it in our everyday lives and there is growing concern that younger generations are missing out on the experience of nature and the benefits it brings to learning and development.
The Natural Environment White Paper The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2011) sets out the need to strengthen the connection between people and nature
As part of the ‘Secrets of the Celtic Rainforest’ Project, Plantlife Scotland and storyteller Claire Hewitt have produced a storybook for Primary and Early Years children about the adventures of the Ghillie Dhu (the forest sprite that lives in the Celtic Rainforest) and the plants he meets along the way
BBC Radio Scotland: ‘Out of Doors’ featuring Pete Higgins, Red Kites and the Field Studies Council centre at Millport
How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris
The Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod, has approved camping management proposals that cover 3.7% of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Teachers across the UK can have hard copies of the”How healthy is your meadow resource and meadow ID sheet” sent to them on request – to be with you by the end of February
The John Muir Award Education Report – Scotland for the Academic Year 2014 – 2015 is now available
Simon Barnes spent a whole month with his son Eddie, 14, discovering the simple joys of the outdoors