Natural environment

Natural environment

About this theme

This theme covers topics relating to protecting, restoring, enhancing and caring for our natural environment. It is one of our current programmes for Fellowships, launched in 2023, and has been developed in consultation with our environment working group. Fellows’ stories.

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow's update: Ross Watson

Site Manager with the Woodland Trust Scotland, Ross Watson (CF 2023) has featured in Strathspey & Badenoch Herald. Ross talks about how he will be using his Churchill Fellowship to visit areas in Cambodia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to learn more about different models for managing invasive plant removal, with a holistic approach and ensuring sustainability through the involvement of communities, young people and land managers. Ross explains that his interest derives from dealing with the range of invasive plants that live on the sites he manages. He hopes that his learning will enable him to develop projects in two Special Areas of Conservation, removing invasive non-native plants from the sites and the wider landscape. The projects will help to develop training and education opportunities for young people.

By Ross Watson, 2023

Henry McGhie

Fellows' updates June 2023 Fellow's update: Henry McGhie

Principal/Director Henry McGhie (CF 2020) was awarded an outreach grant from the British Ecological Society (£1,900) for design costs for an open-access guide on the new Global Biodiversity Framework. He has also joined the steering committee of the UK Alliance for Disaster Research (UK-ADR), which aims to promote partnerships and collaborations for Disaster Risk Reduction. Henry also made a submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, who had a call out on culture and cultural rights in sustainable development. He also made a submission to the UN inquiry on progress on the Paris Agreement, called the Global Stocktake, to make recommendations on how to accelerate and scale-up climate action. Henry presented a poster at the UN Climate Change conference in Bonn, Empowering Museums to Empower Others through ACE.

By Henry McGhie, 2023

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