Learning about biodiversity occurs in a range of different settings, both formal and informal, at all stages of lif. Better practice depends on providing more and better opportunities for learning through partnerships with a range of providers. Greater confidence about outdoor education amoung teachers is also of major importance. Opportunities to learn about biodiversity and its sustainable use occur across the school curriculum, and can be helped by a cross curricular approach. The Partnership supports the work of education professionals delivering a variety of schemes including Forest Schools and Kindergartens and Eco-schools.
One of the most effective ways of learning about biodiversity is through first-hand experience. This can be in a formal educational setting, simply through enjoying the outdoors, or volunteering to work in the natural environment. The members of the Biodiversity Partership provide a range of educational sessions, both in educational settings such as nurseries, schools and colleges and also in the wider countryside to providing fundays and educational events and displays for the general public.
The Partnership supports other local initiatives which may have biodiversity benefits as a subsidiary effect of their actions. For example, allotments and local growing initiatives can be carried out in a manner which will benefit biodiversity. Similarly, work to improve access to the countryside can offer opportunities to enhance habitat and provide interpretation. The Biodiversity Officer and other Partnership agencies can provide advice, guidance and support to groups wishing to maximise their posative impact upon biodiversity.
For more information on places to go and see, plud downloadable resources to take with you, go to the Get Outdoors page
Other websites that might be useful for more formal educational activities or specific things you want to learn about, see the Links page