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Author: Agent Littlejohns

National Nest Box Week

In preparation for National Nest Box Week starting tomorrow, aka Valentine’s Day, until 21st February, I focused last weeks’ workshop on British Bird Conservation. One in four birds in the UK are now on the Red List of Conservation Concern and some of these; puffins, turtle doves, pochards and Slavonian grebes are nearing worldwide extinction. Bird […]

Coral Reef Conservation

The ocean is the largest ecosystem on earth and as such, it’s effectively earth’s life support system. It absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduces the impact of climate change, so the diversity and productivity of our oceans is crucial for human survival. But as we know, they’re in need of our attention, not just because […]

Dolphins & Seahorses

With a new year comes excitement as to what it may bring and what we could do to better ourselves, and our surrounding environment, where possible. I was looking forward to my first workshop in 2019 and was very thankful to have been greeted by such a lovely group of little people hugging me and […]

It Appears to be Working

12th December 2018 ‘Wow’ was the resounding sound the children made when I explained that chimpanzees are from the same family as us. Watching their little faces light up we chatted about how special chimpanzees are; that they use tools to get food and can walk on two legs but spend most of their time […]

Tusks

5th December 2018 The WWF estimate that around 20,000 African elephants are killed each year for their ivory – an average of 55 a day. During the 1970’s large-scale poaching of black rhinos saw their populations decline from around 70,000 to 2,410 in 1995 – a 96% decline over that 25 year period. The current population […]

Stripes & Silverbacks

18th December 2018 It’s not surprising to find energy levels of both children and adults a bit low in the run up to Christmas, so to wrap up my Conservation art workshops for Winter Term and indeed 2018, and to set everyone off with happy vibes for the festive holiday, I arrived in class with […]

Sloths & the Amazon

Deforestation – it’s effect on climate change and animal species – was the theme of this weeks’ workshop. As such, we chatted about the Amazon rainforest in South America because it’s the most biodiverse environment on earth and home to an incredible array of captivating, colourful creatures, as well as many endangered species. Brazil, which holds 60% of the Amazon, is the fourth largest emitter of […]

Penguins & Polar Bears

As the days grow colder and we’re waking up to early morning mist, it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas. As such a workshop on endangered animals that inhabit colder climates, such as emperor penguins and polar bears, seemed pretty apt. Plus, the Dynasties episode on penguins that was aired the week that I led […]

Orangutans & Plastic Cheese

It was Orangutan Caring Week from 11-18th November so when I went in to do a workshop with the children mid-week that week, we learnt about orangutans; where they’re from and why we need to look after them. We also learnt about the crucial and very important subject of plastic pollution again – repetition is key with […]

Whales, Turtles and Plastic

Almost three quarters of our wonderful world – 71% to be precise – is covered in water, but unfortunately it gets polluted by eight million pieces of plastic every single day. This causes great havoc and destruction to the marine eco system and all creatures in our oceans, so it’s something that we must address, […]