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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: 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: Keep calm and carry on

    If you think that sometimes the youth of today need a bit of inspiration to persevere when something becomes a little harder for them to achieve, especially in todays culture where instant results are expected, then show them this clip for a bit of motivation. It just goes to show that everything...
  • Blog Post: Big Schools' Birdwatch resource packs are available now

    Our great resource packs for the Big Schools Birdwatch 2013 are available now, and if you have already registered there will be one winging its way to you in the post. The Big Schools' Birdwatch is a great activity to enable the young people in your school or group to step up for nature . The...
  • 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: Don't forget to register for Big Schools' Birdwatch 2013!

    There's still time to request your FREE resource pack for the upcoming Big Schools' Birdwatch, the event starts on 21 Jan and runs for two weeks, so it's up to you when you take part. If you've never heard of the Birdwatch before, then to put it simply, it's a great practical activity...
  • 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: Summer Lovin'

    Welcome again to the RSPB Learning Community pages! I hope you have had a great summer holiday and are suitably relaxed and rested for the start of the new school year. The summer has been kind to us here at the RSPB office in Sandy and has included some rare (and lots of common) sightings of wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Spooky wildlife

    Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,— For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Macbeth - William...
  • Blog Post: What is Wildsquare?

    Blogger: Sarah Newton, Youth Project Officer WildSquare is the RSPB’s new children’s nature offering. It is a national bi-monthly survey aimed at helping children to discover the fascinating nature on their doorstep without being bamboozled by technical terms, tricky identifications or...
  • Blog Post: Youth Participation - Lessons from Malaysia!

    Ross Watson, RSPB Operations Team Leader at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, is about to go on the trip of a lifetime. Find out about his journey to Malaysia for the World Youth Foundation Conference. From Abernethy to the Rainforest This is something of a first for me - I have never written...
  • Blog Post: Birds of Prey fly into a school near you!

    Well, I’ve mentioned already that there are some new projects in the pipeline, and here’s one of them! The Save birds of prey appeal is currently being rolled out to schools and Wildlife Explorer clubs, and is free for anybody interested to use with their classes, clubs or groups. If...
  • 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: Create a home for wildlife

    What wildlife lives in the grounds of your school/home/club? Do you provide any safe, comfortable homes for them? Wildlife homes can be a really attractive feature, and may also be a use for that neglected corner that you don’t quite know what to do with. They could also make an ideal project to...
  • Blog Post: You can still take part!

    It's the start of the second week of the Big Schools' Birdwatch , and here's ten good reasons for you still to take part... You can request your fabulous free resource pack right up until the 01 February The snow has (mostly) all gone, so this will hopefully encourage more birds...
  • 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: New school year, new plans...?

    Here in the Youth and Education team we are working really hard on some brilliant new resources which will be coming your way throughout the year (more updates to follow!). However, we already have a wealth of existing resources that you may or may not know about, so please have a look if you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Now here's a good idea!

    As Schools Project Officer, based in the Birmingham Office, it's always encouraging when I hear from schools in the West Midlands about the fantastic things they have been inspired to do to help wildlife. It only takes a simple activity like a bird or bug survey to open children’s eyes to the...
  • 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: Catch them early

    Did you know we cater for pre-school children? We have all kinds of work going on for early years, from Little Schools’ Birdwatch , resources , and field teaching for early years groups. South Essex Marshes have their own pre-school group, encouraging young children to get hands-on with nature...
  • Blog Post: Getting to know a new class?

    Many of you will be gearing up for the start of your new school year, a new class, maybe even a new school or role within your department, and will ultimately have a lot to think about and plan in the months ahead. I hope you will find what gets posted on these pages now and in the coming months useful...
  • 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...