Inspiring Education!

Thursday 24th July 2014

We're pleased to introduce our newest staff member, our Biodiversity Education Officer, Dawn Dickens.

This new role will see Dawn encourage a greater interest in nature and the environment, across all ages, and encourage everyone to appreciate the value of biodiversity.

A joint initiative between the Trust and the Departments of Education & Children (DEC) and of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA), the post is helping to implement environmental education aspects of the government's Biodiversity Strategy.

Through a range of events and presentations, Dawn will be encouraging everyone to appreciate and conserve biodiversity - both on our beautiful island and globally - and to understand the impact that our everyday choices have on the environment around us.

Dawn is developing a range of environmental education resources and information for teachers to help integrate issues of biodiversity into the Manx school curriculum.  A number of educational events and projects, aimed at the wider public and of interest to all ages, is also being planned along with explanatory posters, leaflets and web materials.

In addition, Dawn will continue to run and expand the Trust's Wildlife Watch events aimed at families and children which are held throughout the year.  These include, to name just a few.. rock pooling, looking for lizards, investigating the shoreline and nest box building.

Dawn has taken to the challenge with great enthusiasm and everyone here at the Trust wishes her well in her new role.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity, or biological diversity, means all the diverse living things - us, plants, animals - and the natural landscapes (or ecosystems) in which we live -- seas, rainforests, tundra, meadows - and how they all interact with each other.

A diverse number of species and habitats ensure a healthy planet - something we must all strive for. The choices we make in our everyday lives, from the food we eat to the holidays we take, impact on biodiversity.