‘A great silence is spreading over the natural world’

English: Callyspongia sp. (Tube sponge) attrac...

English: Callyspongia sp. (Tube sponge) attracting cardinal fishes, golden sweepers and wrasses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When musician and naturalist Bernie Krause drops his microphones into the pristine coral reef waters of Fiji, he picks up a raucous mix of sighs, beats, glissandos, cries, groans, tones, grunts, beats and clicks.

The water pulsates with the sound of creatures vying for acoustic bandwidth. He hears crustaceans, parrot fish, anemones, wrasses, sharks, shrimps, puffers and surgeonfish. Some gnash their teeth, others use their bladders or tails to make sound. Sea anemones grunt and belch. Every creature on the reef makes its own sound.

But half a mile away, where the same reef is badly damaged, he can only pick up the sound of waves and a few snapping shrimp. It is, he says, the desolate sound of extinction.

To read the full article – click here http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/03/bernie-krause-natural-world-recordings

Edited by Henricus Peters, NAEE Co-Chair and Learn From Nature


NEW Forest School movement launched

On July 7th the Forest School movement reached a milestone in its history in the UK.  After two years of consultation and many years talking, the new independent Forest School Association was launched.  The first Directors were duly elected, there was a healthy debate about the name of the organisation which has now been decided on, and it is the Forest School Association, there was the usual networking and a variety of workshops.  The day had a real celebratory feel to it along with a sense of ‘pulling together’.  The association will be a voice for Forest School, support practice, ensure quality training and push forward on research.  It has been welcomed by many including patron Tim Gill who said:

I am very honoured to be asked to be the patron of the first national association for those working to take forward the Forest School movement……………… For me, the potential of Forest School is built on two vital foundation stones: the intrinsic qualities of natural places, and the intrinsic motivations and learning impulses of children. If Forest School is to leave a lasting impression on the lives of the children and young people who experience it, these two need equal emphasis…………. I look forward to following and cheering on the work of the Association, and I am happy to do whatever I can to help take the organisation forward.”

Source : http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=104

Forest Schools have featured in many articles in Environmental Education journal – https://naeeuk.wordpress.com/naee-journal-and-publications/environmental-education-journal/

Compiled by Henricus Peters, Co-chair of NAEE

Minibeast art competition with Nature Detectives

Get inspired by brilliant bugs and

create a marvellous mini-beast masterpiece!

Great prizes up for grabs in Nature Detectives‘ national
art competition for children, schools and
groups in the UK.



trophiesBrilliant minibeast-themed goodies up
for grabs.

Butterfly houses, bug magnifiers, nature
detectives CLUB membership and I-Spy
in the Countryside


How to enter

  • Print a minibeast colouring outline
  • Transform it with colour, pattern and texture
  • Print an entry ticket and fill in your details
  • Post both bits to us by 29th August 2012
    (one entry per class/group)

Full details – click here http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/art/

Posted by Henricus Peters, Managing editor

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION – Invitation to contribute to 100th milestone edition

NAEEUK – the National Association for Environmental Education UK – invites individuals and partners, who currently run inspired projects, to send short reports/case studies/ pictures of children/adults in action for its special edition.


EE100 will focus on ‘the state of environmental education’ /’education for sustainability’ in the places NAEE covers – England, Scotland, plus supporters and partners in China, United States, Pakistan, New Zealand. We aim to cover including all sectors – the Early Years/Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Further Education, Continuing Education, as well as community and youth groups.

This is a great opportunity to spread the message and tell others what you are doing; perhaps start a discussion.

Deadline is 16 April. Groups who wish to advertise, please contact us for details.

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Managing editor, Henricus Peters

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Anniversary

Following the earthquake and tsunami in  Japan, I was able in October 2011 to visit an area affected with my wife – saw some of the damage for myself and took a series of graphic images. Despite the devastation all around, the Japanese were being very resilient and immediately taking action to clean up and beginning the process of planning towns and cities most affected. Remember, many of the actual planning authorities that previously ran the places impacted, had lost people in the tragedy.

To see these images of the aftermath of a natural disaster, click here . Comment here or at NAEEUK on facebook

*** For a tsunami factsheet, click here

‘Schools must be sustainable’ ….The Edge Debate

From ‘Letter in the Times Education Supplement’, 10 February 2012

If the government is not prepared to make school building sustainable, how can it expect other parts of society to follow suit?

Post your comments below – or at NAEEUK on facebook  

We are deeply concerned that education secretary Michael Gove is considering dropping the current requirement for new and refurbished schools to meet the long accepted BREEAM “very good” standard for sustainable buildings.   In addition to playing their part in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, school buildings have a role to play in helping pupils, their families and local communities understand how sustainability works in practice.   If the government is not prepared to make school building sustainable, how can it expect other parts of society to follow suit?
The Edge is a cross industry group of building design professionals, many of whom have long and recognised experience in school design.   The Edge calls upon the education secretary to maintain the BREEAM standard for schools and to support and encourage the greening of the school estate.

Signed:  Robin Nicholson, David Adams, Paddy Conaghan and 16 other signatories;  members of the Edge, the built environment thinktank’