The Children’s People and Nature Survey for England: 2022 update; plus NatureScot outdoor learning research
This UK Government webpage provides valuable summary statistics as headline findings on the ‘Children’s People and Nature Survey’ carried out by English Nature. It provides information on how children and young people in England experience and think about the natural environment. Any changes in trends between 2021 and 2022 are [...]
Young People in Scotland Survey: Volunteering analysis
This survey by Volunteering Scotland has been shared by Youthlink Scotland. It finds that formal and informal youth volunteering participation rates have declined significantly. It makes the link to the decline in benefits which young people derive from volunteering, both in health and wellbeing, and career/skills benefits.
Spotted any frog or toad spawn yet?
If you are lucky enough to have a pond in your school grounds, or locally, why not take part in the PondNet Spawn Survey 2023? This survey takes place January until May, to collect important data on the location of breeding frogs and toads across the country. You can also [...]
The Guardian asks: do children face problems playing outside where you live?
Play Scotland have shared this national survey being conducted by The Guardian newspaper on the availability of outdoor play space. Do children play outside where you live? Did you grow up playing outside – and if you did, do children still play out there? Have you or your children received [...]
How to survey and boost biodiversity in your school grounds
Take a look at Natural Nations resources, with some great surveys and lesson activities available, shared here by Learning Through Landscapes. You can also take part in citizen science, by sharing your data to this Natural Nations data page.
Primary school children spend less time outdoors, University study finds
Primary school pupils in Scotland spend less time playing and learning outdoors than they did before the Covid pandemic, according to new research by the University of Stirling. Find more information about these findings from this University of Stirling news report (3 April 2023).
Report highlights need for school children to be more connected to nature
This NatureScot press release (30 March, 2023) shares this new report from NatureScot and partners. This is the most extensive research to be published since 2014 on this topic. This report highlights how Scotland’s children could be offered increased amounts of outdoor learning and play. This approach can stimulate a [...]
The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey returns!
NatureScot shares information on The Great Scottish Squirrel Survey in this Scotland’s Nature blog post (10 October 2022). Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is calling on people all over Scotland to explore outdoors and look out for tufted ears and bushy tails between 10-16 October (National Red Squirrel Week). Why not [...]