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  • Blog Post: Inspiring the Next Generation to Save Nature

    Aldi Schools Outreach Project - connecting children to nature via our fabulous volunteers! Can you name every flower in your garden? Do you recognise bird calls? Can you spot the difference between a frog and a toad? The sad truth is that many of these things that we take for granted, are not passed...
  • Blog Post: Cath's Schools on Reserves Blog - Update!

    Our Schools on Reserves season is now in full swing and everything is going really well. The hard work put in with training over the winter months has really paid off as the programmes are being delivered smoothly with plenty of attention being paid to learning objectives and of course having fun! Feedback...
  • Blog Post: My volunteering story - Julie

    As part of our #Volunteersweek celebrations, we wanted to share with you some of the stories from our very own RSPB volunteers. With almost 2000 volunteers helping in the South East alone, we can achieve much more for wildlife with their help than we ever could alone! "I’ve been volunteering...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life of a learning assistant volunteer

    It’s an exciting time at Fairburn. The air is filled with the sound of birds singing, and soon we’ll also be hearing the sound of excited school children coming to do their habitat investigations, pond dip and bug hunt. We have a range of programmes for school groups to choose from and the...
  • Blog Post: Highlander lives?

    It’s a rare delight in the world of hen harriers to be able to start the New Year with some good news, but I am utterly astonished and elated to report that Highlander, a female hen harrier which fledged from United Utilities estate in the Forest of Bowland in 2014, and who suddenly and unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: 2016: your favourite bits

    We've been back through the RSPB North Wales Facebook page and report our year through the posts that you liked, loved and shared the most. The year kicked off where December had finished, a wet and windy month. Late in January we went for 24 hours without rain for the first time in 66 days...
  • Blog Post: Yes to nature-friendly farming!

    The end of the year brings to a close a pioneering three-year project that we’ve been leading in the Fens. The big aim has been to raise awareness of nature-friendly farming in the Ouse Washes landscape, which is a particularly rich area for farmland wildlife, particularly birds. Image: Turtle...
  • Blog Post: The Big Birdwatch

    Author: Clare Whitelegg, edited by Emily McParland “What’s your favourite bird?” This is a question Clare Whitelegg, our Schools Outreach Officer, is regularly asked by school pupils. It’s a tough question, but as part of the ‘Big Schools' Birdwatch’ sessions...
  • Blog Post: Why we do what we do

    Earlier this week, I joined colleagues from across the RSPB Eastern England region for our annual regional gathering. This is a chance to share ideas and celebrate successes, both formally and informally. We heard from RSPB Old Hall Marshes in Essex, where they are introducing new water management...
  • Blog Post: The autumn outdoor classroom: a lesson on hen harriers and special landscapes

    Katy Saulite is the Hen Harrier LIFE Project's Community Engagement Officer for Scotland, working with local schools and community groups in areas where hen harriers should be, to raise awareness and promote the conservation of these spectacular skydancers. At the beginning of September I had...
  • Blog Post: It's got to beat sitting in a classroom

    Guest blog by Hannah Jones, Learning Assistant It's oh, so quiet... Now that summer has well and truly passed - rather too quickly for my liking - I now find myself reflecting on the busy season just gone. Because as well as being a rather brilliant nature reserve, Minsmere has been the...
  • Blog Post: Connecting people with nature - what it means at RSPB Conwy

    If you're an RSPB member, I am sure you will have read that connecting people, especially young people, with nature is a high priority for the RSPB. But what does this mean, and why is it important? As nature-lovers, we're all acutely aware that habitats have been shrinking fast: tropical...
  • Blog Post: Another missing hen harrier

    Just over a week ago, I shared with you the incredible story of Chance, a young female hen harrier who surprised us all with her continental winter migrations. Today however, I have another story to share – another female hen harrier, fledged in 2014, the same year as Chance, this time from the...
  • Blog Post: School Gives Hampshire Bird Life a Boost

    Taking part in this years Big Schools' Birdwatch has involved the whole school community and given the children of Bedales prep School, Dunhurst fantastic opportunities to bring their learning to life. More than 200 birdfeeders have been made in one week by school children as part of the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: New year, new birds and a new offer for schools in North Wales

    Is it boring to start with the subject of rain? Today is our 60th consecutive day of rain at the reserve - the last dry day here was 11 November! Some of the paths are now pretty wet, and we recommend wellies or walking boots over the next few days. But there is snow on the peaks of the Carneddau mountains...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Award for Shetland's Nature Friendly Schools

    Martha Devine, RSPB Scotland’s Community Engagement Officer in Shetland describes her delight at receiving a Shetland Environmental Award for innovative work with schools and explains more about the project. Yesterday, Karen Mackelvie our Community Learning Officer went to receive a Shetland...
  • Blog Post: Connecting schoolchildren with nature

    At RSPB Conwy, we're passionate about getting young people outside and experiencing nature first-hand. And we’ve got some great news... Free visits for primary schools in North Wales A new exciting partnership between the RSPB and the supermarket chain Aldi means that primary schools...
  • Blog Post: We're hiring for hen harriers!

    The LIFE+ Project is advertising two Community Engagement Officer posts, based in northern England and Edinburgh. We are looking for two self-motivated, inspirational people with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deliver school and college workshops and field trips, community group...
  • Blog Post: Free school visits to RSPB Newport Wetlands

    From September 2015 an exciting new partnership between the RSPB and the supermarket chain Aldi will mean your primary school can benefit from free, staff-led visits to our nature reserve! Take part in a scientific study, go on a seasonal scavenger hunt, create a colourful collage, wear a wetland crown...
  • Blog Post: It's Our World - mass participation arts project

    We are very happy to support our partners, The John Muir Trust, with this amazing mass-participation arts project! It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project that aims to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Julie Chrisp

    Hi everyone. This is my first outing on the Skydancer blog so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Julie Chrisp and I have recently started in post as Engagement Officer with Skydancer. I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team - I’m not completely new to Skydancer, I was involved during...
  • Forum Thread: Hello from a science teacher and nature blogger!

    Hello everyone, I made this account to register for the big schools birdwatch, which we've been taking part in for three years, but haven't explored much further until today! I am a high school science teacher, and I think it's incredibly important to teach children, even the teenagers that...
  • Blog Post: Missing: Sky and Hope

    � Last week we were in high spirits, celebrating our National Lottery Award for Best Education project. This week though, we received some news that has left us devastated. It has emerged that two of the hen harrier chicks that fledged this year on the United Utilities Bowland Estate have vanished...
  • Blog Post: Tracking harriers - introducing Bowland's Burt, Hope, Highlander and Sky

    So we’ve had a few technical IT issues here but we are now up and running and I’m extremely pleased to be able to bring you the first update from some of the young harriers satellite tagged this year on the United Utilities Bowland estate. So far so good for the two young from the first...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer has won a National Lottery Award!

    It’s four days later and I’m still buzzing...! Having been shortlisted from over 750 projects across the UK, I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Skydancer has officially won Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Fuelled with coffee for an early morning...