Natural Nations

Launched at the beginning of 2020, Natural Nations is funded by Erasmus+ and is led by Learning through Landscapes in partnership with Naturskolan i Lund, Lunds Universitet, Birdlife Malta and Sociedad Espanola de Ornitologia SEO (Birdlife Spain).

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About the project

Natural Nations is a development of the recent award-winning Polli:Nation project, which supported teaching staff, pupils and parents from more than 250 schools across the UK to discover the pollinators visiting their school grounds, and to then transform these grounds into pollinator-friendly habitats.

But Natural Nations isn’t just focussing on pollinating insects; it’s developing survey methods to record bird populations, minibeasts, habitats and vegetation too.

Working with our international partners and schools across the four countries, we’re producing accessible resources to help schools identify birds in their school grounds, to look at what changes can be made to their grounds to encourage birdlife, and to understand the crucial link between the decline in insect populations and the decline in numbers of migratory birds.

The project also highlights international culture, as we identify folk stories and songs from each nation that feature insects or birds, celebrating both what we have in common and what is individual about each nation’s heritage as part of our place-based learning.

As a contributor to the new Natural Nations Goes Digital project, we will make the accessible resources that we develop during the project available online, allowing even more schools across the four countries to benefit from the project’s insights.

Natural Nations Goes Digital

Natural Nations Goes Digital is our newest pollination project, launching in July 2021.

The project will build on the successes of LtL’s Natural Nations project and will work in partnership with Birdlife Malta, Sociedad Espanola de Ornitologia SEO (Birdlife Spain), Millbrook Primary School, Hellenic Ornithological Society and Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves, funded by Erasmus +.

Lockdowns during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have resulted in more schools using online teaching resources and have also highlighted the importance of engaging with nature, both for the environment and for our mental wellbeing. Combining these two important objectives, this project will develop a full online teacher-training package for outdoor environmental learning.

Natural Nations Goes Digital will not only provide teachers with educational resources about birds, pollinators and biodiversity, but will also provide crucial training in outdoor learning and improving school grounds for wildlife. By making this training package online, it will be accessible to schools across the five participating nations, allowing more children to benefit from the insights of the Natural Nations project than ever before.

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