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  • Blog Post: New research: correlations between children’s connection to nature and education, wellbeing and action to save wildlife

    There are some things in life that often go unquestioned. Quite often, these are ‘good’ things. Things that, to many of us, would just seem to be common sense. The importance of children caring for nature, would, I suggest, be one of those very things. Equally, as researchers, advocates...
  • Blog Post: School Visits to RSPB nature reserves

    Have you booked a school trip for your class yet? Bring your pupils to one of our fantastic nature reserves and have a great day out exploring a wide variety of habitats and all the fascinating wildlife that lives there. All our programmes are linked to the curriculum and provide plenty of hands-on exploration...
  • Blog Post: The SEEd ‘Evidence for Sustainability in Education’ event

    Making the case Do you need evidence to help make the case for your environmental education teaching, or to find approaches that really work? Then the SEEd ‘Evidence for Sustainability in Education’ event on 26 th March might be for you. Taking place in central London, this forum...
  • 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: Blogging Birds could use your help!

    Which new online initiative has been reported on in Wired , in New Scientist , and in The Irish Times ? What cutting-edge new website was featured on BBC Radio Scotland's Out of Doors and has been a featured video segment with AOL on ? Why it's the RSPB partnership project - Blogging Birds...
  • Forum Thread: Rachael's placement with RSPB in Youth & Education

    Today is my last day of a ten day volunteer teacher placement with the RSPB in the Youth and Education department, completed as part of my fourth year teacher training. I was instantly made to feel welcome by everybody in the department and given a regular work station, with a fluffy red kite for company...
  • Blog Post: Phoenix Group Step Into Futurescape!

    One small step from the Vane Farm RSPB Phoenix Group, leads to one giant step for Vane Farm Nature Reserve... The Phoenix Group at Vane Farm was established in September 2010 and are involved in helping with all kinds of conservation work on the reserve. Their main mission was to set up something...
  • Blog Post: Free online games and resources to help with your Birdwatch

    As well as all great resources you received in your pack the RSPB also has some other online offerings up our sleeve. Try Rooks Binocular BirdWatch . This will help the children in your class or group to practice what they've learnt about garden bird recognition before they go outside for the real...
  • Blog Post: Amazing facts about ordinary birds

    Blackbird - Blackbirds only started appearing in urban gardens in the 1830’s. Up until this time they lived in woods or heathland. Bluetit - Baby blue tits are very hungry little birds, their parents have to collect around 1000 small insects a day to feed them. Chaffinch - Chaffinches...
  • Blog Post: Quality learning

    Earlier this week , Ofsted confirmed it will be changing school inspections in England. This follows the move in January this year to focus inspections on just four key areas: the achievement of pupils; the quality of teaching; the quality of leadership in and management of the school; and the behaviour...
  • 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: Big Schools' Birdwatch is coming....

    Our fantastic FREE Big Schools’ Birdwatch packs will be available very soon - have you registered to receive yours yet? We have three packs available to provide differentiated resources for your age range - Nursery, Primary, and Secondary. The packs include all sorts of activities, suggestions...
  • 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: Something To Prize

    On a sunny Glasgow morning last week, a new friendship was formed between RSPB and one of Scotland’s most urban schools. The Glasgow Academy were winners of the prize draw which took place as part of the Big Schools Birdwatch 2013 , and invited RSPB along to speak about the Big Schools Birdwatch...
  • 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: The Big Schools’ Birdwatch group is moving

    Exciting news! We are pleased to announce that the Big Schools’ Birdwatch group is moving, to be part of a bigger and better RSPB ‘Learning’ group! From 1 September, the new group will be active and you’ll be able to read regular blog posts from RSPB education and youth staff...
  • 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: 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: We're on ITV Daybreak!

    It's here! You might have seen Houghton Primary School and the RSPB on ITV Daybreak this morning taking part in Big Schools' Birdwatch. We hope this will be one of thousands of school taking part in our 10th birthday celebrations over the coming fortnight. You can watch Houghton Primary...
  • 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: Nature's decorations

    Now the colder weather is upon us, and December is approaching, it's time to start thinking about Christmas! I'd love to hear what eco friendly Christmas decorations you make with your children - there's nothing quite like bringing the outdoors indoors at Christmas, and it would be lovely...
  • 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: 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: 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...