Articles and Features

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Library of in depth features previously published in CJS Focus, articles written exclusively for CJS by our Featured Charities and profiles of relevent organisations and charities.  There is a wealth of information here across many different areas of the countryside, conservation, wildlife sectors accumulated over many years. The first CJS Focus (which was called CJS Special Edition at the time) was published in November 2004. Articles are listed chronologically.

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What was the Year of Green Action?

The government’s 25 Year Environment Plan published in 2018 set out its ambition for a healthier, greener future, with action to crack down on plastic waste pollution, create richer wildlife habitats, improve air and water quality, and connect more people with nature. This could not be delivered by government alone, and making 2019 a year of action for the environment showed how we all have a role to play to ensure we leave our environment in a better state than we found it. Children and young people were to be at the heart of the year, and we partnered with the youth social action charity, Step Up To Serve, to engage the younger generation in practical action for the environment.

Teaching fish to swim! by Debs Carter

I briefly worked as a volunteer for Sussex Wildlife Trust on Seaford Head after being made redundant, which inspired me to look towards a new career; the ranger there ran an enthusiastic large group of volunteers, I knew almost immediately this was something I wanted to do. I had an exuberant love of being outdoors whether coast or countryside which I wanted to turn into something exciting; I had no previous ranger experience but that wasn’t going to stop me. Now that I am a Countryside Ranger for West Sussex County Council, working with volunteers, either individual or groups, my own experience of being on the other side of the fence is invaluable.

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Ribble Rivers Trust launches 10-year campaign to plant half a million trees

Ribble Rivers Trust has launched a decade-long campaign to double the area of woodland across Lancashire to fight climate change, improve air quality and reduce flooding.

Working with private and public sector supporters together with community-based groups and conservation charities, the Rivers Trust is aiming to create 100 kilometres of new or restored woodland alongside the Rivers Ribble, Lune and Wyre together with their network of tributaries.

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Nature for Health: the Wellbeing Benefits of Volunteering

Denbighshire Countryside Service and Denbighshire Housing have collaborated for the ‘Nature for Health’ project. Originally funded by Natural Resources Wales since its 2018 launch, this 18-month pilot project has been granted a year’s extension with help from Denbighshire Housing and Social Services. Its focus is to improve wellbeing using social prescribing: healthcare professionals and other organisations can refer service users to take part in conservation and healthy lifestyle activities.

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Starry, starry nights

A star-filled sky is one of nature's most natural wonders but they’re become harder than ever to experience. Luckily the UK’s National Parks remain some of the best places in the country to see stars because of the low light pollution levels and clear horizons; the North York Moors is no exception. From a town or city, you'll be lucky to spot more than a handful of stars but the further away you get from street lights, the better the view. In the darkest areas of the National Park you can see up to 2,000 stars at any one time. But like any of our special landscapes, we need to understand potential threats to our Dark Skies and consider ways of protecting them wherever possible.

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Help us keep Scotland beautiful – take part in Spring Clean 2020

The damaging presence of litter, dog fouling and graffiti in our communities is hard to ignore. And it is a problem which our data shows is getting worse in many areas across Scotland. Of all the environmental challenges we are faced with, removing litter from the equation should be the easiest. We all have it in us to put the rubbish we are finished with in a bin, to take it home and recycle it, or not to use the packaging in the first place. We all have the ability to pick up a piece of discarded waste and dispose of it properly.

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CJS Focus on Volunteering

in association with The Conservation Volunteers

Published 10 February 2020

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A 15 Year-old’s Conservation Journey ……. so far!

by Michael Sinclair

My passion for wildlife started as a toddler, with my family encouraging me to explore nature: I loved countryside walks and looking for things like owl pellets, caterpillars and frog spawn. I learn best by ‘doing’ and that’s very much how I’ve developed over the years.

Several ‘life events’ were crucial in developing my conservation interests including Building a Pond. In 2012 I helped my dad build a garden pond. As it matured, frogs appeared and every spring my parent’s kitchen was overrun with plastic tubs which we used to hatch the spawn, before releasing the tadpoles back into the pond!

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Involving young people in governance

Did you know that 18-24 year olds make up less than 0.5% of all charity Trustees, and the average age of a Trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old? Despite efforts being made, the charity sector still has a long way to go! There is clearly appetite for the role, with a survey of under 35 year olds reporting that 85% would consider becoming a Trustee.

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What is Young Placechangers?

Young people are almost invisible in the Public Realm and are a missing voice in local place consultations. They are frequently described as a 'problem' by the wider community and the answer to the perceived threat of young people 'hanging around' is too often to restrict their access. The programme empowers young people to take the lead in changing places where they live. The residential training weekends, bespoke training sessions and support from the Young Placechangers team are designed to give the young people and the adults that support them the skills and confidence to change the places where they live for the better.

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Campaign to get children across the UK spending a million more hours in nature

Backyard Nature is giving children and young people the tools they need to enjoy and protect nature where they live. Launched in July, the campaign is a response to the UK’s growing nature crisis, with a massive 40% of the nation's species in steep decline.

At the same time, children are spending less time enjoying nature. Research released by the campaign partners found that 60% of children want to spend more time outside, but 62% currently spend less than five hours per week outdoors, not including travelling to school. Over four fifths (82%) of UK parents say that they are fearful about the future environmental challenges facing the next generation. Spending time in nature helps children get to know and love it, which is critical if they are to grow into the future guardians of the planet.

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The Cameron Bespolka Trust - Bringing children and nature together

The Cameron Bespolka Trust was set up in memory of Cameron. He loved nature. He photographed it, blogged about it, surveyed it and immersed himself in it. Bird-watching was a major part of his life. We create and sponsor outdoor events for young people from every background to help them discover that same passion for all things wild and natural.

What an opportunity for our charity to reach out to young people at a time when we are all facing challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and a trend towards increased urban living. Suggestions have been made that overnight “ ....a night under the stars’ trips would help pupils understand more about the natural environment.

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Wild futures - Picturing a future to look forward to

Our landscape – what’s there to think about?

How we live and form links to nature is irreversibly and historically tied with the landscape. The role that nature has in our day-to-day lives has been altered by world events, cultural shifts and urbanisation, with each subsequent generation defining wilderness and ‘nature’ based on the memories tied to their youth. This ‘shifting baseline syndrome’ means that each generation comes to expect different things of the countryside, influenced by what we have seen in our lifetime, stories from our parents and grandparents, and visual representations of the outdoors.

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The Impact of Partnership: supporting people’s engagement with nature

Each year, the John Muir Trust supports over 1,500 organisations across the UK to engage 40,000 people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. It does this through the John Muir Award – a nationally recognised environmental award scheme.

Sarah McNeill, the John Muir Trust’s John Muir Award Scotland Project Manager, reflects on the role of partnerships.

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Securing the future of Newcastle’s parks, allotments and green spaces

By James Cross, CEO of Urban Green Newcastle

Funding for parks, allotments and green spaces – just like many other public services – has decreased significantly in recent years. It’s an unfortunate trend across many areas of the country. Here in Newcastle upon Tyne, spending reduced by a huge 90% in just seven years, posing a serious threat to the long-term future of the city’s open spaces.

Thankfully, Newcastle City Council saw the warning signs and took significant action to prevent the city’s green spaces suffering further decline. Working in partnership with the National Trust and National Lottery Heritage Fund, Newcastle City Council began an extensive consultation exercise on the future of the city’s parks and allotments, gathering feedback from park users, local businesses and key stakeholders.

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Talking Point

Robin Bowman & Chris Salisbury describe the tactic of using popular fiction to encourage teens to engage with the natural world.

Half of our generation, growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, regularly played and roamed in wild places, compared with just one in ten today. 2014 became the year we could no longer avoid the subject of Nature-deficit disorder, a term coined by Richard Louv to describe the effect changes in modern lifestyles are having on our children, and the starvation that their interaction with the natural environment is causing their wellbeing and health.

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Nature Friendly Schools project will benefit thousands of pupils

Having access to nature benefits children’s mental health, their wellbeing and their ability to learn. This suggests that outdoor learning should be an important part of a child’s education, yet despite mounting evidence, time spent learning outdoors varies significantly in schools across England. While some schools are fully embracing outdoor learning opportunities, for other schools it is more difficult.

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What is the Mammal Society?

Our featured charity for 2020 is The Mammal Society which is the only organisation dedicated to the study and conservation of all mammals of the British Isles. Since 1954, they’ve been supporting a growing network of experts working with mammals across the country and abroad, and providing a hub of information and expertise. They are the national voice for mammals when advising on conservation policy decisions, with science at the heart of everything they do.
In their first article for
CJS they detail who they are and what they do.

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Let’s Learn Moor, building partnerships through education in the uplands

The Let’s Learn Moor initiative arose from concerns that a gap within our education system could give rise to a simple lack of understanding of those who live, work and enjoy our beautiful uplands. The history and importance of some of Britain’s most stunning and iconic landscapes, is being slowly lost. Many people living within upland communities across the country, often have no relationship with their moorland or the people helping to protect it.

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Action for Conservation: Our work building the next generation of environmental leader

Action for Conservation was founded five years ago with the aim of empowering young people from diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of environmental leaders. When the organisation was founded we had no idea that the youth-led environmental movement would evolve to what it is today. We were, however, aware of some very troubling statistics. UK wildlife has suffered significant damage over the past 40 years, with over 40% of species now in decline. The environmental sector is also failing to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce; just 0.6% of the workforce identifies as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic.

Kabir Kaul

Young people shaping the State of Nature Report 2019

On 4th October 2019, an historic and informative report titled ‘State of Nature 2019’ was published by more than 50 organisations. The report highlights how we have contributed to wildlife population trends in the UK. This year, the report has been led by young conservationists, like Kabir Kaul, writing its foreword and presenting it. The report is the third of its kind, with one published every three years, and it focuses on how human impacts are affecting the UK’s biodiversity.

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CJS Focus on the Next Generation

in association with Action for Conservation

Published 2 December 2019

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The upsides and downsides of tourism in rural Scotland

Marketing initiatives such as the North Coast 500 route, and promotion of our stunning remoter landscapes in Scotland by government-sponsored organisations such as Visit Scotland, have been a success when measured against economic benefits, but is that the only important criteria?

Alongside the marketing there has been a reduction in facilities such as toilets and waste management in order for local authorities to save money due to tightened budgets.

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A Welsh Charity is changing lives by connecting local people with the natural resources on their doorstep

The Outdoor Partnership is a multi-award winning charity improving opportunities for thousands of people in Wales to achieve their potential through outdoor activities. The Outdoor Partnership has been operating since 2004 bringing public, private and third sector organisations together to work effectively in the outdoor sector towards a common mission. The charity was set up because there was an abundance of natural resources and facilities but few opportunities for and little engagement with local communities in North West Wales. Outdoor activities were something visitors and tourists did.

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How three words can communicate any rural location

what3words is a new global addressing system that has given every 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address. Now, people can refer to any precise location using just three words from the dictionary. For example, ///officers.barrel.uncouth is the starting point of a popular walking route from Grosmont to Whitby.

The company was created after co-founder and CEO Chris Sheldrick felt the struggles of poor addressing in rural areas. Coming from a farming background, Chris recognised that when it comes to describing where things are in the countryside, things can get really complicated. Many places like field entrances, stables and damaged trees have no address at all, and postcodes tend to cover unhelpfully broad areas.

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Keep It, Bin It: the national anti-littering campaign aiming to make dropping litter culturally unacceptable

More Rubbish Excuses!

Millions of pieces of litter are dropped every day in England.  Anyone working in the environment sector will know that littering is not only unsightly, but has a devastating impact on our native wildlife. Worryingly, 1 in 5 people admit to dropping litter. A study last year showed 1 in 4 people ‘carefully litter’, which involves leaving drinks cans and coffee cups on window ledges or placing rubbish next to full bins.

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How many small developers actually think about their wildlife impact?

Many householders and smaller developers may be unaware that local planning authorities (LPAs) have a statutory requirement to consider the ecological impact of development proposals, and to promote biodiversity improvements. Failure to consider the ecological impact can result in delays and additional knock-on costs for projects, such as when unforeseen ecological surveys have to be carried out during particular seasons or becoming caught up in costly court proceedings due to a failure to address legal protections on wildlife.

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Canada, Russia, Scandinavia and Svalbard - For World Migratory Birds Day

Most of us will never make it to any of these places in our lifetime. You may not even have heard of Svalbard - it’s a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole where the small human population lives alongside reindeer and polar bears.

For hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, these far-flung places are their summer breeding grounds. But each year as the days start to shorten, these birds begin their journeys across land and sea, arriving hundreds and even thousands of miles later on the UK’s shores. Here, on our coastal and inland wetlands, they’ll over-winter and build up their fat reserves before starting their incredible journey back to their northern breeding grounds next spring.

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Connecting people and place

When People and the DALES (Diversity, Access, Learning, Environment, Sustainability), Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s outreach project, won the Government’s Year of Green Action Award, it was a celebration of not only ten years hard work but the number of lives the scheme has touched.

Representatives from the programme received the prestigious accolade in a parliamentary reception attended by Ministers and MPs as well as leaders from across the environmental sector.

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The changing habitats of hedgehogs

How the human landscape has influenced hedgehog habitats in the UK

Hedgehogs are a generalist species, not just in their feeding habits but also their choice of habitats. Our only native UK species, the west European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) can thrive in both urban and rural environments. As the name suggests, hedgehogs are often found in and around hedgerows, but other habitats include farming pastures, woodland edges and more increasingly in gardens. The only places a hedgehog wouldn’t be found in the UK are some islands, and upland areas such as mountainsides.

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UK Squirrel Accord new website and photography competition launch

UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) is a partnership of 37 leading conservation and forestry organisations, Government agencies and companies, with links to voluntary red squirrel conservation groups. Our aims are to work collaboratively to secure and expand red squirrel populations, and protect tree health, by managing negative impacts from invasive grey squirrels.

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Conservation - an accessible industry?

By Brian Heppenstall, Senior Ranger, Hengistbury Head

Brian discusses some of the hurdles to paid employment in the conservation sector and investigates why these are in place and how they can be overcome with the use of better practical experience, course provision, clearer careers advice along with job descriptions and employer expectations.

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ORCA’s Whale Education Month 2019

Whale Education Month is a project run by ORCA, to encourage students (and their teachers!), to learn more about the importance of whales and dolphins, and their conservation, during the month of October. For the past 3 years, ORCA has developed a series of lesson plans to enthuse and inspire students about whales and dolphins.  Teachers are encouraged to deliver the ‘Whale Education Month’ materials throughout October, to coincide with World Animal Day on the 4th October.  However, the materials can be downloaded and used at any time throughout the year. 

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Life on the Verge in Devon

Road verges are an important wildlife resource and an integral part of Devon's heritage. When managed properly, road verges provide ecological networks with an astonishing amount of wildlife - according to Plantlife, road verges across the UK support over 700 plant species and nearly 45% of our native flora. They also provide one of the only opportunities for us to see wildflowers on a daily basis, in our towns and villages.

A pilot project in the North Devon Biosphere to help communities revitalize their roadside verges, and by doing so create a network of safe havens for wildflowers and endangered pollinators, has been so successful it has been launched across the whole of Devon county.

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National GetOutside Day is back on Sunday 29 September

Across the country, there are almost 20 million people who want to get outside, but for whatever reason don't, and this is a huge opportunity for us all.  

GetOutside is an initiative for everyone, and you can get involved too. It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to more people and show them how good it feels to be outside.   

We want to rally the nation by simply asking the question: ‘Will you go out with me?’ …and then taking someone outside!

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Concepts of River Renovation

As World River’s Day approaches (22 September 2019), it seems fitting that CJS asked me to write an article about my work on rivers. As part of the project management team at Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd. I am at the forefront of seeing the best, but unfortunately also some of the worst, rivers in our country. You might be shocked to know that only 14% of water bodies in England are in good ecological status.

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Celebrating 50 years of RSPB groups

Did you know the first RSPB groups were in Epping Forest (now North East London group), Bath, Coventry and Newcastle, all established in 1969?

We have nearly 150 groups around the UK. They are the face and voice of the RSPB in local communities - groups of people working together to really make a difference for nature where it counts.

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The Land Trust: celebrating 15 years and looking forward to a bright future

As the Land Trust celebrates its 15th birthday, Chief Executive, Euan Hall, who championed the establishment of the Trust, looks back on everything they have achieved during that time, and what the charity’s ambitions are for the future.

When the Land Trust was established in 2004 I don’t think anyone involved at that time could have predicted the potential of what we would go on to achieve. We now have 70 sites across England and Scotland and deliver a huge amount of charitable activity that makes an amazing contribution to the lives of the people that live or work near one of our spaces.

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The Stour Valley Path is 25 years old!

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Stour Valley Path, a long distance walking route that stretches over 60 miles (97km), through Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. It closely follows the River Stour, from its source near Newmarket, to where it joins the estuary at Cattawade, near Manningtree. This meandering, peaceful route will take you through a landscape of gently rolling hills, quiet woodlands, fresh riverside pastures and over 20 picturesque towns and villages.

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70 years of National Park adventure

Each year around 100 million of us will experience the incredible beauty, tranquillity and fun to be had across the 13 National Parks of England and Wales. Now 70 years old, our National Parks are more important than ever, providing the space for adventure, space to be ourselves and to work through our problems. Space that’s so desperately needed in modern society.

This summer we are celebrating one of the special benefits these extraordinary landscapes provide. Adventure.

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London is a National Park City

Following in the impressive footsteps of National Parks covering every type of environment, the UK’s biggest urban jungle is now recognised for its rich biodiversity, amazing heritage and breadth of cultures. It may not have the same planning powers or statutory protection as the existing National Parks, but it is by far the easiest to get around without a car.

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50 not out for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

It was 1969 when a small band of people launched Staffordshire Wildlife Trust with the aim of looking after wildlife and wild places across the county.

The group was directed by naturalist, author and broadcaster Phil Drabble (of 'One Man And His Dog' fame), who lived in Abbots Bromley, and soon after, it purchased its first nature reserve (Loynton Moss). A management committee was set up alongside the ownership of the reserve, with one of the trustees, bird expert Frank Gribble acting as leader of the group, who was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to nature conservation.

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How to save a species?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you care about wildlife and wild places, and want to protect them. Perhaps you work in conservation, or want to. So how can we best protect the nature that we care about? Well, one important aspect is making sure that every conservation action we take is the most effective one possible.

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In May 2019, the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) launched a new social media crime prevention campaign titled Undisturbed calling on all UK wildlife photographers and drone operators to ensure the welfare of wild animals while photographing or filming them. The NWCU are posting a message on their twitter account (@ukwildlifecrime) every Friday providing advice and information on law and behaviour concerning a different species. The initiative runs until 1st November.

As digital camera equipment becomes ever ‎more affordable, photographers are approaching wildlife without knowledge of the animal's behaviour or the field craft to prevent disturbance. Elsewhere, "honey pot" wildlife sites can become overcrowded with photographers which may disrupt, and risk causing detrimental effects to, the animals concerned.

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Fields in Trust research finds 2.5 million people across Great Britain without a nearby park or green space

New research from the charity Fields in Trust has identified that more than 2.5 million people across Great Britain live more than ten minutes-walk from their nearest park or green space. The Green Space Index, is a barometer of publicly accessible park and green space provision, which, for the first time, uses new Ordnance Survey data to comprehensively analyse provision across Great Britain.

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Project Splatter – using citizen scientists to monitor wildlife roadkill

Sadly, the average commuter is familiar with the sight of a squashed badger on the side of the road. But, just how common a sight is this? In 2013, Project Splatter was established to try and answer just that question. The main aim of the project is to address the fundamental questions of how many animals (specifically wildlife) are seen as roadkill, and to find out where and when this occurs. To achieve its aim Project Splatter collates wildlife roadkill reports from across the UK, using data submitted by members of the public, termed ‘citizen scientists’.

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National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2019: a national effort to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises with citizen science

Every year for nine days in late July (July 27th – August 4th), Sea Watch Foundation look for wildlife enthusiasts and around the UK to support National Whale and Dolphin Watch, a citizen science project organized by the Sea Watch Foundation now in its 17th year, hoping to catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins and porpoises visiting the seas around the British Isles.

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50 years of Loch of the Lowes

By Cherry Bowen, Visitor Centre Assistant, Scottish Wildlife Trust

It was back in May 1969, two months before Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the moon, that the Scottish Wildlife Trust purchased the stunning 130 acres of scenic, wildlife-rich countryside in Highland Perthshire that make up Loch of the Lowes.

Today, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve is visited by tens of thousands of people every year, who come to see ospreys, red squirrels, beavers and much more.

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Wild Night Out

On 29th June 2019, fewer people will be sleeping in their beds as, all across the UK, people will be coming together to have outdoor adventures, big and small. And we’d love you to join us.

We believe that Britons are spending too much time indoors, which is adversely affecting our well-being, and that the answer is to encourage and support each other to get outside. Only a third of children in Britain spend more than an hour a day outdoors. A quarter of UK adults are classed as physically inactive, getting fewer than 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Spending time outside has been proven to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression as well as the physical benefits to getting active. Its also fun! Wild Night Out is a dedicated date in the diary for us all to get outside to experience nature afresh under the cover of darkness.

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The power of the outdoors

CJS readers will no doubt understand that being outdoors can be the perfect antidote to life’s stresses and strains. At the Youth Adventure Trust, we have been using the ‘power of the outdoors’ to transform the lives of vulnerable young people for more than 25 years.

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Clean Air Day 2019: Our opportunity to address air pollution

Clean Air Day is an opportunity for environment professionals to bring the issue of air pollution to the attention of our workplaces and households.  Air pollution affects us all at work, at home and out and about.  It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues.

Coming of Age During the Climate Crisis

by Isla Sandford Hall

My name is Isla, and I’m 16. Since I was born, I’ve lived part-time in London and on Gometra - a small island in the inner Hebrides of Scotland. The whole island is off-grid – no cars, no internet in any of the homes, no mains electricity – not even washing machines.

I first heard about Extinction Rebellion last year, and in February I joined the youth group – then 6 strong. The youth group was created because there was a lack of youth voice in extinction rebellion, and as our generation has the most to lose to climate and ecological collapse, and we will inherit whatever the ‘adults’ decide to do now, we need a large stake in current decision making.

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CJS Focus on Recreation.

in association with the Outdoor Recreation Network

Published 20 May 2019

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Lead article: Sharing Good Practice - People and Dogs in the Outdoors, Outdoor Recreation Network

The Lee Valley Regional Park. London, Hertfordshire and Essex

Outdoor visits at a record high, SNH

ORVal - The Outdoor Recreation Valuation Tool, University of Exeter - Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP) Institute

Follow the Data, Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail

The growing value of England's urban woodlands, The Mersey Forest


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TCV: 60 years connecting people and places

It was late February 1959, yet Spring was in the air.  Enjoying the day on Box Hill, Surrey, botanist David Bellamy was surprised to find a group of young people ripping up plants in a recently declared Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Discovering they were not vandals but volunteers clearing scrub with ‘The Conservation Corps’, he enthusiastically joined in!

2019: another warm February.  In fact, the warmest on record. ‘The Conservation Corps,’ now The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), is celebrating its 60th anniversary.  David Bellamy is still with us (a TCV Vice-president) but the world has changed.  These days unseasonal sunshine is scary.

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Invasive Species Week

From 13 – 17 May 2019, organisations across Britain are taking part in Invasive Species Week to raise awareness of invasive species and their impacts on us all. Anyone working in the field is likely to have encountered invasive species, but may not realise how easily they could be helping to spread them.

Around 2,000 non-native plants and animals from all over the world have been introduced to Britain by people, and the number is increasing each year. Most are harmless but 10-15% have become invasive and have a negative impact on our environment, cost the British economy over £1.7 billion a year, and can even harm our health and way of life. Once established they are extremely difficult to manage and the damage they cause is usually irreversible.

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CFE 10 years on – continuing to promote good environmental management through productive farming practice

10 years after the inception of Campaign for the Farmed Environment, a partnership approach to supporting sustainable farming is more important than ever. For this reason, CFE has relaunched as Championing the Farmed Environment to renew the agricultural industry’s commitment to promoting good environmental management through productive farming practice.

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Living Streets celebrates 90 years of putting walking first

Living Streets first came into being in 1929, when Tom Foley set up what was then known as the Pedestrians Association. In the early days, they were behind the UK’s first zebra crossings and speed limits. 90 years on and the charity continues the work Tom Foley pioneered and his ambitious vision. Now their campaigns and projects up and down the UK, including the world’s biggest Walk to School campaign, help enable and encourage people of all ages to walk more. The challenges might be different in 2019 to what they were in 1929, but the charity’s work remains as important as ever.

In more recent years, their campaigning has seen 20mph speed limits on residential areas becoming more widespread; more schools closing their local streets to cars at drop off and pick up times; and the Scottish Government published a bill to ban pavement parking nationwide.

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Cleveland Way National Trail – celebrating  50 years

2019 marks a very special year for the Cleveland Way and allows a look back on a great 50 years for our local National Trail. The path was an immediate success, capturing the public’s imagination, and that in itself led to a big problem of sustainability.  The trail quickly became damaged, especially on the Cleveland Hills sections where it was joined by the Lyke Wake Walk and Coast to Coast routes. The National Trail has been finding lots of ways to celebrate and are encouraging anyone to make their own celebration as well.  Amongst the highlights for the year has been the production of the “Cleveland Way Collection” booklet, describing 50 great experiences to enjoy along the trail. 

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50 years of unlocking diverse talent everywhere by The Open University

It’s a special year for The Open University, celebrating 50 years of helping OU students and graduates realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. One of the UK’s best-loved and respected institutions, more than 2 million worldwide have studied with us since we began unlocking this otherwise hidden source of talent in 1969. OU students and graduates have strengths and skills from life and work as well as higher studies, so we also help employers connect with this unique talent pool. Our pioneering distance-learning model means excellent OU candidates are not only based in major towns and cities, but in a wide range of locations. This often makes them ideally placed for countryside-based roles.

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The 2019 Year of Green Action - Connecting everybody with nature for its benefit and ours

As a conservation professional, you cannot fail to be aware of the catastrophic decline in habitats and species globally, the threat posed by climate change and the almost daily media messages that time is running out for us to save our planet. Man-made impacts on the environment have compromised or destroyed whole ecosystems and urgent action is needed by everyone to restore biodiversity and safeguard our future. The purpose of the year is a call to action, for people from all backgrounds, to join together to play their part in protecting and enhancing our environment.

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New research explores young people’s experience of environmental volunteering

Over 2018 Traverse worked on a research project exploring young people’s experiences and attitudes towards taking part in environmental volunteering. Commissioned by Defra, we heard from over 1,100 young people across England, through a series of focus groups and a nationally representative survey of 16-24 years olds. The policy context for this research is the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and its policies to encourage more children and young people to connect with the natural environment and take action to protect and enhance it.

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The majesty of our nation's forests, celebrating Forestry Commissions centenary

Our forests are gloriously multi-purpose, benefitting people and nature while providing a crucial natural resource and playing a vital role in rural economies. Founded in 1919, the Forestry Commission has more than doubled Britain’s forest cover over the past 100 years. The scope of activities this year reflects the nature of the organisation. While it is celebrating its centenary this year by telling stories from the past, it has one eye firmly on the future, and the next 100 years of forestry.

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Our featured charity in 2019: Canal & River Trust

Read their articles exclusively published in CJS.

An introduction to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN)

CJS is delighted to become a corporate supporter of the Network. A collaborative project, above all else, it is a partnership, which involves many of the UK’s wildlife conservation organisations, the government and country agencies, environmental agencies, local environmental records centres and also many voluntary groups.

Our featured charity in 2018 : The Vincent Wildlife Trust

Read their articles exclusively published in CJS.

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A career in fisheries management, role profile from Lantra

The River Dee in the north-east of Scotland provides an internationally important habitat for populations of salmon, otters and freshwater pearl mussels, so has been given Special Area of Conservation status by the EU, the highest level of environmental recognition available.

We hear about Jamie Urquhart, a biologist with the River Dee Trust and what his job entails.

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CJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with TCV, the community volunteering charity

Published 17 September 2018

Full edition

Lead article: Winter is coming - time to volunteer!, TCV

The Importance of being a Trustee, Froglife

Becoming a livestock checker, Lancashire Wildlife Trust

How volunteering got me the job, Beth Aucott

I've always thought about residential volunteering but wasn't sure because..., Q & A with RSPB

Citizen Science: A Speedy Way to Support Wildlife and your Career?, OPAL

CJS Focus on Greenspace.

in association with Fields in Trust

Published 21 May 2018

Full edition

Lead article: Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, Fields in Trust

Urban Greening, Southway Housing Trust

Valuing the benefits of urban trees for better greenspace management, Forest Research

Building for people and wildlife, The Wildlife Trusts

Much more than just a run in a park, parkrun

Scotland's Park Managers Forum, greenspace scotland

Managing an Urban National Nature Reserve - Community Involvement, Dudley MBC

The Parks Action Group, Chris Worman MBE from Rugby Borough Council 

Using new technology to bring new visitors to Forestry Commission woods and forests in England

The Gruffalo Spotters campaign was launched in February 2017 at FC sites across England and was delivered as a partnership between Forestry Commission England and Magic Light Pictures.

Profile of New Nature

New Nature is a new e-magazine written, edited and produced entirely by young people. By young conservationists, naturalists, ecologists and, of course, writers; each inspired in their own way by the natural world.

CJS Focus on Fundraising & Promotion.

in association with the Environmental Funders Network

Published 22 May 2017

Full edition

Lead article: Relevant Writing, Environmental Funders Network

Fundraising, is it just asking for the money?, Richard Witt

A day in the life of Jaanika Reinvald, Visitor Experience Assistant for the National Trust

Interview with Dawn Bebe, Co-founder & Director of Crowdfunder

Habits for successful parks innovation, Nesta

Why charities need champions, Groundwork

Take the time & reap the rewards, Mendip Hills AONB

A day in the life of Jamie Wyver, Consumer PR Executive for RSPB

Profile of HighGround

HighGround is a charity started by Anna Baker Cresswell in 2013 to help Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to find jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector – outdoor stuff for outdoor people.

CJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with Keep Britain Tidy

Published 13 February 2017

Full edition

Lead article: Keeping Britain Tidy - volunteering and spring cleaning, Keep Britain Tidy

Volunteer Management - the Essentials, Volunteer Scotland

So you want to work in ecology and environmental management? CIEEM

Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge Laying Group

10 steps to a successful volunteer fair, New Forest National Park Authority

Featured Charity in 2016: Bat Conservation Trust 

Articles exclusively published in CJS.

CJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with Groundwork

Published 19 September 2016

Full edition

Lead article: Giving communities the tools to create better places, Groundwork

You think your site would benefit from a “Friends of” group but don’t know where to start?, CJS with thanks from Leeds City Council

Young volunteers develop work skills for future, East Lothian Council

A Wonderful Wildcat Experience, James Walker

How citizens can support science and conservation, People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)

Its not just about getting muddy at the RSPB

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CJS Focus on Countryside Skills (traditional & modern).

in association with the Field Studies Council (FSC)

Published 23 May 2016

Full edition

Lead article: Developing biodiversity skills for the future, FSC

Rural skills -their importance and how we can preserve them, Cotswolds AONB

Dry Stone Walling: A Living Craft for the Present Day, Dry Stone Walling Association

Next generation of Countryside Custodians, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Embrace the Dark Side; How to Plan & Resource an Environmental Project, Wildlife Trusts Staffordshire and South & West Wales

Coppicing - realising the potential of our woodlands, National Coppice Federation

A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Hedgelaying, National Hedge Laying Society

The use of social media in the conservation sector, Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Championing Apprenticeships, North York Moors National Park Authority

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CJS Focus on Wildlife & Animal Work.

in association with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)

Published 30 November 2015

Full edition

Lead article: Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction, RZSS

Working and volunteering in amphibian research, British Herpetological Society

An unpredictable nature: working with wildlife, Secret World Wildlife Rescue

An interview with PC Gareth Jones, Beat Manager for the Ripon Rural Area, North Yorkshire Police

A bird in the hand: why bird ringing is still so important, British Trust for Ornithology

Are you sure you want to work with birds of prey?, The International Centre for Birds of Prey

So you want to be a wildlife camera operator..., Wildeye

Working for Conservation, Martin Harper, Conservation Director for the RSPB

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CJS Focus on Marine & Coastal Environments.

in association with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

Published 25 May 2015

Full edition

Lead article: Tackling a tide of marine pollution, MCS

The Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre

Marine life passion, Marine Photo

Studland's underwater meadows, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Whale and dolphin-watching around the UK - how you can get involved!, Sea Watch Foundation

Steart Marshes, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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CJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Published 9 February 2015

Full edition

Can toad patrols make a difference?, Osmotherley Road Rescue

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CJS Focus on Environmental & Outdoor Education.

in affiliation with NAEE UK - the National Association for Environmental Education (UK)

Published: 19 May 2014

Full edition

Lead Article: Spotlight on Environmental Education, NAEE

Teaching and learning in the real world..., University of Edinburgh

Get into LINE! (Learning In Natural Environments), Natural Connections

Why Run Events?, Kent Wildlife Trust

The Impact of Nature's Classroom - How The Outward Bound Trust brings outdoor learning to life, The Outward Bound Trust

Bungee Jumping in the Pass of Killiecrankie, the National Trust for Scotland

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CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, the Countryside Management Association and NATUR

Published: 10 February 2014

Full edition

Volunteering: developing relationships on Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Graduate volunteers do the Groundwork to unlock green jobs, Groundwork

Fixing the fells - an all-weather task, Fix the Fells

Volunteering for MARINElife, MARINElife

The value of giving a little time - Understanding the potential of micro-volunteering, Institute of Volunteering Research with NCVO

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CJS Focus on Alien Species.

in association with GB Non-Native Species Secretariat

Published: 2 December 2013

Full edition

The catchment wide approach to Invasive non-native species, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership

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CJS Focus on Volunteering.

in affiliation with the Association of Countryside Volunteers

Published: 23 September 2013

Full edition

Lead Article: Association of Countryside Volunteers

The Value of Volunteering, Natural England

I just want to be your friend, East Lothian Council

The differing roles of conservation Volunteers, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

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CJS Focus on Visitor Management and Engagement.

in affiliation with the Association for Heritage Interpretation

Published: 10 June 2013

Full edition

Lead Article: Interpreting Our Outdoor Heritage

The Importance of Visitor Research, the Visitor Studies Group

How the MENE survey can help inform your work, Natural England

It's all a Question of Balance in Malham, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

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CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, the Countryside Management Association and NATUR

Published: 18 February 2013

Full edition

Recording Nature's Calendar, Woodland Trust

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CJS Focus on Water.

In association with Canal & River Trust

Published: 29 October 2012

Full edition

Our challenging coast, Durham Heritage Coast

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CJS Focus on Wildlife.

In association with The Wildlife Trusts, in celebration of their centenary year

Published: 25 June 2012

Full edition

Update on the Alien Harlequin Ladybird, UK Ladybird Survey

The right kit for working with wildlife, Ron Bury

Wildlife Conservation versus Visitor Engagement, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

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CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, the Countryside Management Association and NATUR

Published: 20 February 2012

Full edition

Some Golden Rules of Volunteer Management, The Association of Volunteer Managers

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CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges.

In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week

Published: 21 November 2011

Full edition

Lead Article: Why Urban Trees Matter - To Everyone, The Tree Council

Hedges for Wildlife, Habitat Aid

Traditional coppicing is a boost to bird species, from RSPB and Small Woods Association

Taking a bird’s eye view of England’s traditional orchards has enabled conservationists to put one of the most important wildlife habitats back on the map, People's Trust for Endangered Species

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CJS Focus on Outdoor Recreation.

In association with The Campaign for National Parks

Published: 20 June 2011

Full edition

Nature's Playground - There for the Taking, the Land Trust

Talking wildlife, cows and ostriches with Simon King, an interview

"Can't see why I'd ever need Mountain Rescue" - famous last words, Mountain Rescue England & Wales

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CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 14 February 2011

Full edition  

Pentland Hills Regional Park Voluntary Ranger Service

How can I help? Bat Conservation Trust

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CJS Focus on Wildlife.

In association with The Wildlife Trusts

Published: 22 November 2010

Full edition

Wildlife Rescue, Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Conservation work - the inside story, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

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CJS Focus on Countryside Management.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 23 August 2010

Full edition

Lead Article: So what is Countryside Management? SCRA

Life on St Kilda National Trust for Scotland's St Kilda Ranger

Party on... your nature reserve? Isle of Wight Council

Loving our Landscapes, Heritage Lottery Fund

Older Articles

CJS Focus on Farming and the Environment: In association with The Campaign for the Farmed Environment  Full edition  

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution.


CJS Focus on Volunteering: In association with BTCV's Carbon Army  Full edition

Shadow Ranger Scheme, Forestry Commission


CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges:  In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week Full edition

Lead Article: Tree Council launches new phase of its Hedge Tree Campaign

Coppicing and pollarding – ‘cut and come again’ for trees! Small Woods Association


CJS Focus on Urban Greenspace: In association with The Land Restoration Trust  Full edition

Capital Growth, a new campaign supporting community food growing spaces growing, Capital Growth

Five suggestions for successfully managing urban greenspace, Matt Chatfield, Naturenet

CJS Focus on Training: the importance of skills: In association with LANTRA  Full edition

Getting into Ecological Consultancy, Direct Ecology Ltd


CJS Focus on Volunteering: In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association  Full edition

Volunteering in the Countryside sector in Scotland, SCRA


CJS Focus on Environmental Education: In association with The Field Studies Council  Full edition

Lead Article: Striving to Deliver Opportunities within the Environmental Industry

Is the Climate right for Environmental Education in our schools?, National Association for Envrionmental Education

Twenty Years of Education in Exmoor National Park

Pimp my Panel, ARC Creative Designs


CJS Focus on Habitat management and Conservation with an emphasis on Biodiversity: In association with The National Biodiversity Network   Full edition

Lead Article: The importance of sharing wildlife information

Forest restoration in the Highlands of Scotland, Trees for Life

River Restoration and Habitat Enhancement, River Restoration Centre


CJS Focus on Rights of Way and Access:  In association with The Institute of Public Rights of Way Management  Full edition

Lead Article: When is a path not a right of way?

Managing the Lyke Wake Walk, North York Moors National Park Authority

Mountaineers Do Their Bit for the Environment, Mountaineering Council of Scotland

Walkers with dogs: new approaches to better management, Stephen Jenkinson


CJS Focus on Volunteering: In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association.  Full edition

Speaking loud about volunteers, SCRA

How volunteer tree champions make a difference, The Tree Council  


CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges: In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week  Full edition

Lead Article: Tree Wardens prove a growing presence in UK Towns & Cities, Tree Council

Remembering the Great Storm of 1987, Forestry Commission

A new threat,Oak Processionary Moth, Forest Research


CJS Focus on Training:   In association with Losehill Hall  Full edition

Instructing Rural Skills Courses, Lynher Training


CJS Focus on Wildlife:  In association with the Wildlife Trusts. Looking at Wildlife Conservation and Research  Full edition

The National Biodiversity Network, sharing information about wildlife.


CJS Focus on Seasonal and Volunteer work:   In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association  Full edition

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution. 


CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges: In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week  and the Permaculture Association for their Year of the Tree
Full edition

Lead Article: Plant the Ancient Trees of the Future Tree Council


CJS Focus on Coast & Marine Environments: In association with The Marine Biological Association and Marine Conservation Society  Full edition

Lead article from The Marine Conservation Society

Life of a Volunteer on Flatholm Island

Managing a coastline - for the benefit of man and wildlife, RSPB


CJS Focus on Recycling, Energy and Sustainability:  In association with The Centre for Alternative Technology  Full edition

What is an Earthship? Sustainable Communities Initiatives


CJS Focus on Seasonal and Volunteer Work: In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Full edition

All about SCRA


CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges: In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week  Full edition

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution.

CJS Focus on Country Sports: In association with The Game Conservancy Trust (now Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust)  Full edition

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution.


CJS Focus on Seasonal and Volunteer Work:  In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association
Full edition

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution.

The first CJS Special Edition published on 22 November 2004

CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges: In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week   Full edition

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution.