Biodiversity Education Volunteer – vacancy

We now have an opportunity for someone to assist our Education Officer in the delivery of our spring and summer school and holiday activities.

Children at Queen Mary’s Woodland

This role is suitable for candidates who are looking to improve their career opportunities in  environmental education or gain experience of working with children, as well as candidates who are looking for a rewarding long term volunteering opportunity.

The successful candidate will be supporting the Biodiversity Education Officer in all aspects of running the London Borough of Sutton’s Biodiversity Education Service. This includes bookings, promotion and resource preparation and delivery of education sessions. Full training will be provided.

For more infromation and how to apply, check out the job description!
Biodiversity Education Volunteer Description 2018

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Task Programme – Out now!

The new task programme is now out: July – October 2016!

We’re continuing our summer season of botanical surveys, study days to help you brush up on your identification skills (continuing this Saturday with Butterflies) and more works at Queen Mary’s Woodland, including the first chance to get involved with the improvements to this new site through seeding the newly cleared areas and laying wildflower turf.

What better chance to get outside, laugh and learn do you need this summer?!

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Chalk grassland at Roundshaw Downs Local Nature Reserve

Go Wild(lings)!

Den building

Den building

Guest Blog from Bonnie Johnson:

Wildlings Forest School is pleased to announce that following the huge success of its first 6-week block of Parent and Toddler Forest School sessions at Sutton Ecology Centre, it will be running another block starting on the 9th June!

Every Thursday morning or afternoon, toddlers and their parents can come along to Wildlings Forest School to join in a range of out door activities, from learning how birds make their nests to building dens from sticks and bug hunting to campfire cooking.  These sessions help children discover nature first hand and gain skills and confidence as they play and learn.

Wildings Forest School provides sessions which engage children’s natural curiosity in the world around them. It follows a child-led ethos, whereby Forest School leaders facilitate children’s learning by providing a variety of opportunities, within a woodland setting,  for children to explore and discover, scaffolding new understanding as they develop.

Peeling a carrot

Peeling a carrot

Forest School is an approach to children’s learning that originated in Scandinavia.  Studies [1][2][3] have shown the benefits to children’s health, wellbeing, physical and mental development and fostering a connection, and love, of nature and the outdoors.

During the summer holidays, there will be a Family Fun Forest School taking place for 5-8 year olds and their parents.  Children can try their hand at tying knots to make a picture frame, erect a shelter, create forest art or make their own unique piece of forest jewelry to take home.

Masks!

If you fancy something different for a birthday celebration this summer, Wildlings Forest School will also be running birthday parties.  Bring all your friends along to play, explore and have lots of fun at our Forest School parties.

Wildings Forest School sessions are run by Bonnie Johnson, a level 3 Forest School Leader and former Primary School Teacher. Bonnie trained with Surrey Wildlife Trust and following her training, she set up Wildlings Forest School.
For more information email wildlingsforestschool@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

[1] https://www.forestschools.com/forest-schools-research/
[2] http://www.nfer.ac.uk/nfer/pre_pdf_files/05_33_06.pdf
[3] http://forestofavontrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/forest_school_for_early_years.pdf

Rope bride fun!

Rope bride fun!

Biodiversity Education Assistant required!

Please see the brief description below and  download the pack for more information on this exciting opportunity to work in environmental education at the fantastic Sutton Ecology Centre! Apply now!

Enjoying pond dipping during our Summer Bioblitz

Fun for everyone-  pond dipping during our Summer Bioblitz

An opportunity is available for an enthusiastic volunteer to run both formal, and informal, environmental education sessions for children aged 3-18 years at Sutton Ecology Centre as well as other green spaces and nature reserves around the London Borough of Sutton.

This role is suitable for candidates who are looking to improve their career opportunities in environmental education, as well as experienced candidates who are looking for a rewarding long term volunteering opportunity.

The successful candidate will be supporting the Biodiversity Education Officer in all aspects of running the London Borough of Sutton’s Biodiversity Education Service. This includes bookings, promotion and resource preparation and delivery of education sessions. Full training will be provided.

Biodiversity Education Volunteer Description 2015

Newsletter & Task Programme

November’s Newsletter and the new Task Programme for the winter season’s work are out now! Flip across to the relevant tabs to check them out!

Plus, pop along to Roundshaw Downs LNR on Friday for our meet the cattle ‘Roundshaw Roundup’ event; arts, crafts and guided walks, all with a bovine theme. Meet near the Plough Lane entrance, off Foresters Drive, Wallington: click the link for the Roundshaw Downs map to see where to meet…

Roundup? I'm rather busy, thanks!

Roundup? I’m rather busy, thanks!

Nature Discovery Backpacks

This summer the Biodiversity Team have been developing various events at different nature reserves in our borough to launch the Nature Discovery Backpacks. This exciting new project is a joint collaboration between the British Ecological Society and London Borough of Sutton to celebrate the Festival of Ecology. Our first launch event was at Devonshire Avenue Nature Area on Wednesday 24th July with a poster competition and our most recent event was at Hamilton Recreation Park on Monday the 29th July.

Daisy Magnifying Glass

Each Backpack contains the materials to perform activities such as Marvellous Minibeasts, Cryptic Caterpillars, Beautiful Butterflies, Flying Friends, Birds and Bats, Fantastic Flowers, My Glorious Nature Crown, Tremendous Trees and Wonderful Wetlands. Each activity provides a new insight into the fantastic diversity of animal and plants we have on our doorstep.

FSC Guides

It was amazing to see how the children were responding and performing in the different activities. Some were so excited looking for minibeasts and identifying them with the help of the Bug Identification Guide, while others were looking for butterflies and writing their names in the Activity Book. They also really enjoyed the exciting Mirror Walk, where they walked through the woodlands and placed mirrors under their noses so they could see the branches of the trees above them.

The project is designed for children aged 5-12, and depending on their age they could take part in different activities. The youngest detectives preferred activities such as Wonderful Wetland using the Frog Eyes, as well as My Glorious Nature Crown using the Sticky Card Strip. The older detectives preferred to identify birds using the Bird Identification Chart and binoculars or to discover the different tree species using the Tree Identification Swatch.

Discovery Backpacks

Our next Backpack Events will take place at our annual BioBlitz event on 3rd August at the Sutton Ecology Centre from 11-5pm and on 5th August at Nonsuch Park. Come with your family and friends and enjoy nature with these wonderful activities! Our BioBlitz is also tied in with the Friends of Sutton Ecology Centre Summer Fair, making it a day out not to be missed!

For more information, visit our drop-down menus above.

Patricia Arcenegui
Biodiversity Education Assistant