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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: School children 'adopt' the Bowland harriers

    What better way to inspire the next generation about hen harriers than to take them out and actually show them hen harriers! Luckily for me, I was privileged to be able to do just that when Siobhan McGuigan, the RSPB’s Youth Development Officer brought children from our local school, Brennand’s...
  • Blog Post: Only 2 days to help Skydancer win a National Lottery Award!

    This is it folks - only two days to go! Voting closes at midnight tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd July, and we need your help for one final push to help us win Best Education Project at the National Lottery Awards. We're up against stiff competition but winning would mean national media attention for...
  • Media: Hen Harrier Hero #4 #thankyou

    Skydancer has been nominated for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Vote for us online by 23 rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Media: Hen Harrier education

    Skydancer is one of seven finalists short-listed for Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards, as a result of our work with pupils like these two from Bellingham Middle School, June 2014. Vote for us online by 23rd July: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/skydancer
  • Blog Post: Launch of the Skydancer computer game

    Laptops, iPads, smart phones, TVs – you can’t get away from them these days! With the increasing amount of screen-time in their lives, children are spending less and less time outdoors, and the resulting disconnect from nature is not only well documented but intensely worrying. As a conservation...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Scotland: Part 3

    Over the last couple of days I've taken you East and North in this virtual tour of our work with farmers and crofters in Scotland. Today is our final stop - where we hear from projects in South and West Scotland.... Clyde Valley Wader Initiative The Upper Clyde Valley is one of the most important...
  • Media: Marvellous Moors

    Experiencing the amazing moorland landscape firsthand with West Woodburn First School and Newsham Primary School, on a Skydancer field trip in Northumberland, March 2014
  • Media: Creative collages

    Children from Newsham Primary School, Blyth, get one step closer to earning their Hen Harrier Hero Awards by making moorland collages, following their Skydancer field trip, March, 2014.
  • Media: Fun in the sun

    Children from West Woodburn First School and Newsham Primary School enjoy the sunshine & learn all about the building blocks of the moorland landscape on a Skydancer field trip in Northumberland, March 2014.
  • Blog Post: Have a heroic half-term with the Hen Harrier Hero Awards!

    It's the last day of half-term week, the weather's been awful and the kids are bouncing off the walls. You're running out of ideas to keep them occupied and counting down the days 'til school starts again, but fear ye not - I have just the thing! RSPB's Hen Harrier Hero Awards...
  • Blog Post: Guest post from St Mary’s Primary Academy, Folkestone

    Many thanks to our first guest blogger Colette Cotton from St Mary's Primary Academy, Folkestone. Below are Colette's top tips for teaching the Birdwatch in school. It’s that exciting time of the year again for encouraging children to be aware of the birds in our environment and...
  • Blog Post: Top ten birds of 2013 – The Starling

    Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing a series of posts about the top ten birds recorded in last years Big Schools’ Birdwatch. I expect most of these will make an appearance again this year, but will they keep their place in the rankings? We can find out with your help. Register for Big...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2014

    Big Schools’ Birdwatch is approaching (only two weks away! 20th January - 14th February) and as the days start to draw in and the weather gets a little nippy, it is worth considering ways to encourage birds into your grounds and gardens. Colder weather means that birds burn up more energy day...
  • Blog Post: Choosing for the Children at Christmas

    “How’s your Christmas shopping going?” I’m usually the person who doesn’t get started till Christmas Eve, so I dread the question, especially when it comes from one of those super-shoppers that cleaned up on Black Friday! At this time of year, people spend lots of...
  • Blog Post: A Bird Feeding Garden

    This is the second of two blogs featuring RSPB Mersehead by Juliet Robertson. A trained primary school teacher and former head teacher, Juliet Robertson is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is passionate about enabling schools and early years...
  • Blog Post: A Wonderful Wildlife Garden

    A guest blog by Juliet Robertson. A trained primary school teacher and former head teacher, Juliet Robertson is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is passionate about enabling schools and early years settings to provide quality learning and...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Big Schools' Birdwatch 2014

    It’s that time of year again when we ask you to clean out your feeders, make some bird cake and generally have a great time learning about the nature in your school grounds this winter. By participating in Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2014 and preparing your grounds for some feathered visitors...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer - the halfway point

    If you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? And if you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like you've been here before? How am I gonna be an optimist about this? How am I gonna be an optimist about this? - Pompeii, by Bastille Cycling into work this morning...
  • Blog Post: School Children decorate nature’s home

    School children from Weymouth and Dorchester have been working hard over the past months to give local RSPB Radipole Lake reserve an artistic facelift. If you head down to Radipole Lake today, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. The RSPB has been working with nine local schools this year to decorate...
  • Blog Post: St. Mark's get an early glimpse

    Last week, children in Year 5 at St Mark’s CE Primary School, Natland, our first school group of 2013, were delighted to see the developments of the sensory garden behind the Visitors Centre. There’s a bit more to see now as the raised beds and seating have been constructed. Although there...
  • Blog Post: Wild Orkney: The Way I See It - calling all schools

    Image courtesy of Premysl Fojtu, Orkney Camera Club Aileen Meek writes... Whatever you thought of the summer that’s past, the season of winter wildness awaits and who knows what it will bring? Gentle winds or great gusts and gales, frost-crusted mornings or falls of snow that put a stop to all...
  • Blog Post: Skydancing Schools explore the moors!

    It's true what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So how many words, or indeed how many pictures, are worth a single first-hand experience? It's a good question and I honestly have no idea what the answer is but I'd hazard a guess that it's a heck of a lot. Anyone with...
  • Blog Post: 2012 - a year in review

    Christmas is just a week away. A further seven days hence, and the world will quietly slip into the New Year, with all the hopes, anticipation and promises of fresh starts that brings. But what of 2012? What lessons can we take with us from this, The Year that Almost Wasn’t for hen harriers in...
  • Blog Post: Fancy knitting a hen harrier?

    Check out these amazing knitted hen harriers! Inspired by the Skydancer project, enterprising volunteers Fariha and Siobhán picked up their knitting needles and created these fantastic hen harrier hand puppets for our education volunteers to use in primary schools. The puppets have been...