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Rivercide: a call for action

Isabel Bishop, Research Lead Freshwater 

In July 2021, the first ever live-streamed documentary aired. Presented by George Monbiot and directed by Fanny Armstrong, Rivercide presented a disturbing picture of the state of UK rivers. 

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Learning in a Tiny Forest: a day out at Queensmead Primary School

Earthwatch Europe uses citizen science to monitor Tiny Forest. By doing this, we’re connecting local schools and communities with their Tiny Forest, helping to communicate the need for more wild spaces for people and nature alike, and collecting valuable data to understand the potential impacts and use of Tiny Forest in urban environments. Kesella Scott-Somme, Learning and Engagement Coordinator, talks through the different stages of a Tiny Forest monitoring day. 

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Professor David Macdonald CBE DSc FRSE

David has had an amazing and varied career in wildlife conservation for over 40 years, having been appointed Oxford University’s first Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the 1980s.  David also established the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in 1986, which seeks to undertake original research to solve practical problems of wildlife conservation and environmental management.   

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Celebrating our 50th anniversary: getting schools into nature

Part of the vital work that Earthwatch Europe does is working with teachers and students to inspire and empower the next generation to take action to save our planet. One way we’ve done this is through the Catch Me If You CAM project, which engaged children in the Scottish Highlands with their local biodiversity through the use of trail camera technology.

This project was brought about by Dr Keri Langridge, who when camera trapping with a local primary school for the elusive Scottish wildcat realised that many were unable to identify even common species such as wood pigeons. She entered the Earthwatch competition ‘Lost connection – how can we re-engage people with nature?’ and won a £5,000 grant to take her camera-trap project forward.

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