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  • 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: Fungi Frights!

    On a rainy October Sunday, with the shadows long and the leaves rustling, the Edinburgh Phoenix group went looking for a mystery and found far more than they bargained for. From dead fingers to unexpectedly sprouting ears to wild candles and mysterious brain-fungi, this record of their quest into nature’s...
  • Blog Post: A Right of Childhood?

    Should all children be given the right to access – and enjoy – the countryside? Here is an interesting short article suggesting just that, as well as talking about the many benefits we all know this brings. However, while I am convinced that all children should have regular contact with...
  • Blog Post: A Christmas party with a difference

    Christmas is a time of year when it’s very tempting to shut out the cold grey outside world and cosy up inside with all those lovely new gadgets and gizmos and a great big tin of chocolates. However we should also remember that this time of year is particularly special in the natural calendar,...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday Baron's Haugh!

    The 8th of June was a spectacularly sunny day in Scotland, and a definite sign that Baron's Haugh RSPB Nature Reserve was in for a wonderful birthday. Nestled in the heart of urban Motherwell, Baron’s Haugh reached out to its community so they could help celebrate 30 years of a truly wild life...
  • Blog Post: Know a great natural space to play? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Play England, part of the leading children's charity NCB, has been awarded £500,000 for the Exploring Nature Play project. This project aims to help children explore and enjoy the nature around them. The interactive map can provide useful information for schools and families alike. Offering...
  • Blog Post: Free range education with the RSPB

     The RSPB has some great facilities to enable young people get the most out of their education, whether they are educated at school or at home. Our reserves are a great place to take your children to enable them to explore and learn about the natural world that surrounds them. Ian Wrisdale...
  • Blog Post: The Urban Birder Lands in Glasgow

    Glasgow’s remarkable wildlife will be the centre of attention next Sunday (February 19) as The Urban Birder, David Lindo, pays the city a rare visit. As well as urban birding, David’s talk will also look at urban conservation issues and what can be done to help our city birds. His book, The...
  • Blog Post: Peer Education through the Big Schools Birdwatch at Duddingston Primary, Edinburgh

    One Primary 5 class at Duddingston Primary in Edinburgh took part in the Big Schools Birdwatch this year, after being encouraged by one of their own pupils, nine year old Johnny Blairford . Julia Horton , from the Times Educational Supplement Scotland , joined in the fun, and you can read her full report...
  • Blog Post: Edinburgh Phoenix Group "Think Big"

    After launching in spectacular style this summer, the Edinburgh Phoenix group’s first project was to take part in reviving a walled garden at Hermitage of Braid, a local nature reserve in their area. The young people plan to create a raised bed for native Scottish wildlife, designed in particular...
  • Blog Post: Edinburgh Phoenix has left the nest!

    Scotland's newest RSPB Youth Group has just launched in spectacular style, so for a peek at the kind of brilliance and opportunity our groups attract please read on for an account written by a brand new Phoenix - Annie, aged 16. Edinburgh Phoenix Diary, 27th May 2012 The temperatures were...
  • Blog Post: National Tree Week Celebrations!

    Are you ready to take part in the UK’s largest tree celebration? National Tree Week begins this Saturday, 24th November, and runs until 2nd December, giving you plenty of time to get involved in many of the organised activities running all over the UK, or to have fun taking part in your own tree...
  • Blog Post: Children want more nature know-how

    Last year the RSPB showed the wide range of benefits to children of them having contact with nature. Our ‘Every Child Outdoors’ report brought together lots of research on the positive impacts on children’s learning, physical and mental health, and development of interpersonal skills...
  • Blog Post: Extraordinary Ordinary - Lochwinnoch's Young Volunteers Group

    On Saturday Feb 9th Lochwinnoch's Phoenix group, the Lochwinnoch Young Volunteers, met for one of their regular sessions. This time, though, Youth Officer Nicole Brandon was visiting and discovered that a regular meeting for this fantastic group is anything but average. What they do is, in fact,...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Kelvingrove: Glasgow’s schoolchildren get creative

    Glasgow’s schoolchildren have been celebrating Scotland’s amazing wildlife with an art competition organised by RSPB Scotland. Drawings, painting and sculptures were created as part of the RSPB’s annual Big Schools’ Birdwatch (which this year runs from 16-30 January) and all...
  • Blog Post: Halloween Happenings

    Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to mark the occasion than a Nocturnal Nature Expedition with your brave adventurers at Wat Tyler Park ? Learn about the secret world of nocturnal creatures on Friday 28 th October by joining the RSPB for a spooky family evening, you never know...
  • Blog Post: Outside spaces

    So you’ve got your classroom all sorted, you’ve labelled the drawers, dusted the books and changed your displays, but have you thought about the space outside your window? The grounds of schools can sometimes be damp and dismal places, with little reason for cheer. However, I know some...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Scotland’s “Christmas Tweats” goes down a storm

    Last week RSPB Scotland hosted “Christmas Tweats”, a well-attended CPD (continuous professional development) event at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The event focused on how teachers and their classes can get school grounds wildlife-friendly ready for Christmas. Teachers enjoyed...
  • Blog Post: Big Schools' Birdwatch is back!

    It’s that time of year again! We’ve just opened our Big Schools' Birdwatch 2012 web pages for you to have a look at, and to register for next year’s event. What is Big Schools' Birdwatch? I’m sure many of you visiting this blog may not have heard of the Big Schools'...
  • Blog Post: Give wildlife a tree-mendous boost!

    Have you planned any tree-planting for National Tree Week which runs from 26 November to 4 December? If you have planned something, tell us about it! We'd love to hear about what you'll be doing! If you haven't thought about it, then I urge you to think about how you could get involved at...
  • Blog Post: Nature deficit disorder in the news again...

    You may well have already heard this morning that the question of how to connect more children to nature is back in the news again? The National Trust has launched a new report highlighting the issue , as well as an online enquiry to gather public opinion on what should be done. In a week where...
  • Blog Post: Reduce Reuse Recycle

    Many of you will be pondering on ‘ reduce reuse recycle’ and how to incorporate it into your teaching and daily routine this year. I thought for this blog I would take a moment to reflect on the importance of Reuse and to give you some examples that might give you some inspiration in the...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Feed the Birds Day on 29 October!

    Over the last few days here in Birmingham, it has properly started to feel like Autumn. I love this time of year. The golden sunlight showcases nature's beauty brilliantly and forces you to look more closely at tiny details you haven't seen before. I love the cool crisp air in the morning. I...
  • Blog Post: Inspired to find out more about birds?

    If your class or group enjoyed counting birds for the Big Schools Birdwatch try extending their learning and interest even further by finding out about bird behaviour and bird song. This months RSPB WildSquare survey is all about listening out for common (and easily recognisable) bird song and bird calls...