External Links: sustainability & nature
Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. Imparting a respect and admiration for flora and fauna and the natural world benefits our children, us, and the planet. From pond dipping and mini beast hunts to in-the-field science projects and environmental studies, to be outside while you’re learning makes it so much more real and beneficial.
We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on sustainability, nature & conservation, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.
Click on a tab to see the links in that section.
We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.
See also the Connecting to Nature tab on the Health & Wellbeing links page.
“Our mission is to transform children’s lives through meaningful daily connections with nature.” How children’s connections with the natural world can affect wellness & development.
For the promotion and advancement of research in entomology (study of insects). Events, ID help, gallery and Code of Conduct for Collecting Insects & other Invertebrates.
Combining professional & citizen science – using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers & environmental policy- and decision-makers.
Independent network of conservation practitioners, academics & individuals taking a critical look at nature conservation – workshops, conferences, books, reports & the ECO journal.
Lobbies for legislation & actions to protect & preserve the moors & habitats of some of our most precious wildlife. Members are responsible for over a million acres of moorlands in England & Wales.
Sharing a common belief in the irreplaceable value of wilderness and the ancient link between humanity and nature: and how by visiting unspoiled places this connection is rekindled.
Helping people live more harmoniously with the natural world by: understanding ecosystems; developing love & respect for the Earth & its life-forms; reducing our impact on natural resources.
‘A collection of online resources & guided fossil hunts introducing the palaeontology of Great Britain’. The most productive fossil hunting locations & the techniques for effective, responsible collecting & conservation.
Enabling British deer to exist in today’s environment & ensure that their future is secure for generations to come. Learn about British wild deer, stalking, management & deer photography.
Promote the teaching and study of lichens; supports the conservation of lichens and their habitats; raises awareness of the beauty of lichens and their importance as indicators of the health of our environment.
An interactive website of general fungal biology that covers the whole range of mycology’ Lots and lots of info – well worth a browse, from a man with a 50-year research career.
For anyone who wants to discover and enjoy mushrooms and toadstools or is interested in mycological conservation. Maintains national fungus database & red list of threatened species.
Have you ever ‘come across some strange fungus, lichen or maybe even a slime mould, and wondered “what’s that?” My web site is my small attempt to photograph and name many of these strange things.’ A New Zealand website.
Education & visitor centre with courses and resources on sustainability & green living: environmental building, woodland management, renewable energy & organic growing, etc.
Small-scale gardens that mimic forest ecosystem structure and function, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, “farmaceuticals,” and fun. Inspiration & practical information on the vision, ecology, design, and stewardship.
Designing intelligent systems which meet human needs whilst enhancing biodiversity, reducing our impact on the planet & creating a fairer world for us all. Advice, support, info & training.
Statutory advisor on nature conservation and natural beauty to the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland.
UK government department responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.
Pan-European, voluntary, high-level political process for forest policies in Europe – develops common strategies for its 47 signatories on how to protect & sustainably manage their forests.
The MoD’s annual sustainability magazine – covering sustainable development and the sustainable management of the natural and built assets across the Defence estate, and how the MOD is undertaking its responsibility for stewardship of the estate in the UK and overseas.
‘We’re the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.’ (overseen by DEFRA).
National Nature Reserves in England links to all the official nature reserves in England.
UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability. Activities, resources & national surveys collecting important scientific data. Events & workshops.
Offering awards & grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world. ‘Supporting projects founded on good science, community involvement … champion passionate individuals who are committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.’
Conserving amphibians & reptiles and saving the disappearing habitats on which they depend. Report sightings and find help & advice on habitats, care and identification.
‘By focusing on amphibians, and the sites and habitats upon which they depend, the ASG & ASA are working to improve the quality of life for amphibians, for other wildlife, and for people around the world.’
Providing independent environmental advice to British farmers, helping them understand the environmental value of their land and make the most of the agri-environment options available.
‘The Virtual Field-Guide to UK Biodiversity’ – an enormous collection of photographs of wild species & natural history objects, covering most groups of organisms with the exception of birds & other vertebrates in Britain or Ireland. Presented to illustrate biodiversity and as an aid to identification.
Partnership between the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts. ‘Find out more about the creatures regularly found in our gardens & discover what they do there.’ Monthly newsletter and wildlife resources to download.
Professional institution for amenity tree-care professionals – promoting the sustainable management of trees in areas where people live, work & play. Training, advice & events.
Creating a sustainable wood culture that connects people, companies & organisations to woods & forests, recognising the important environment they provide for people, wildlife & the economy.