Recently we joined Aaron Moskowitz on his ‘Get In my Garden’ podcast to share our thoughts

on how connecting with nature greatly benefits us all ….especially children.

We hope you enjoy listening to our discussion here.

 

It was a pleasure and a joy to participate in the #YouthClimateSummit2020 and share our story workshop Phoebe the Bee – teaching children about the vital role bees and the other pollinators play in our world.

Here is the celebration video marking the event, where over five themed days, thousands of schools came together to join 163 sessions, from 50 organisations all making pledges and calls on the government and businesses for action to Transform our World.

Also, the music is lovely and it’s provided by #sosfromthechildren

Jamie Sneddon, Experienced Field Biologist/Ecologist, Munlochy, Scotland
My earliest memories of being obsessed with animals involve watching the Lion King. I still
have the VHS, but you would see mostly static if you tried to watch it, thanks to countless
hours of watching and rewinding. As I grew up, I would get myself into trouble in primary
school by collecting ladybirds, slaters and worms in my pencil case and taking them with me
into the classroom. I was clearly a biologist at heart from a young age, obsessed with animals
and desperate to learn everything I could about them. David Attenborough documentaries
highlighted the incredible animals around the globe and fed my obsession for wildlife
knowledge. As an adult, little has changed. I now radio collar red squirrels and track the
activities of Scottish wildcats for a living. David Attenborough is still my hero and the Lion
King has never lost its appeal. I’ve managed to stop collecting insects in pencil cases but that
was probably for the best…
Where I am now is a culmination of all the inspirations I had growing up. I loved animals but
without a constant stream of information from books, documentaries, and inspirational people
I likely wouldn’t be where I am today. The same applies to children today. However, they
have new challenges to contend with. The rise of technology has led to a greater disconnect
with the natural world. While more disconnected, children must also deal with the doom and
gloom of modern science. When I was a child recycling wasn’t common, having a massive
collection of plastic bags under the kitchen sink was normal. People liked bees but didn’t
fully understand their real value. In general, the average person didn’t have a full
understanding of their impact on the natural world. Things are different now. Children are
being taught to recycle, plant bee-friendly flowers in their gardens and raise money for
rainforest conservation. The next generation is primed to make up for all the mistakes of
previous generations but it’s a heavy burden to bear.
A lot of my wildlife-friendly choices have only been learned as an adult. Through education
at a young age, children are now growing up with the knowledge I acquired in my early
twenties. Books like ‘Phoebe the bee’ could lead to a generation of children that all grow up
to have bee-friendly gardens. Further than that, it could ignite a passion that then grows and
spreads into different disciplines. Children that grow up to become engineers, doctors, and
chefs that all have a deep appreciation for the natural world are what we need to promote
change on a global scale. The possibilities are endless and they can all start with one
inspirational book.
Connect to Jamie via LinkedIn.
Little Jamie, during his Primary School trouble making days.
Our huge thanks to Jamie, for taking the time to be our first guest blogger. Keep up the amazing work you’re doing.

It was wonderful chatting to Sam at 107.1 Ashford Radio over the weekend.

If you act quick you can be in with a chance of winning yourself a copy of Phoebe the Bee!

Listen to the interview here and find out more about the competition here.

Did you know it was National Children’s Gardening week and we celebrated by linking up with Kabloom?

Click on the image above to find out more and let’s get outside!

Our thanks to Kabloom for collaborating and allowing us to write a guest blog.

Keep safe everyone.

Although the country is in lockdown, we are still taking enquiries about our fun primary school Story Workshop Assemblies once schools are open again.  Meet Phoebe the Bee and learn all about why bees are so vital to our existence.  It’s interactive and educational, please see the comments below.

We combine musical interactive games, the full story of Phoebe the Bee, a history and nature lesson in each and every assembly all packed into a time period of your choice.  For further details email hello@talesfrommotherearth.co.uk, we would love to hear from you.

Stay safe and keep well.

Recently we had a great chat with Fatimah Abbouchi from Agile Ideas in Australia about the journey Tales from Mother Earth has been on.
Grab a cup of tea, click on the image above and listen in.

Stay safe and keep well.

In these troubled times, we are all very aware of the importance of conservation and doing all we can to nurture and encourage generations young and old to appreciate the natural world. Therefore, our collective mission is to collaborate and bring about a lasting change, one that will encourage wildlife to prosper and one that will ultimately benefit us all.

By compiling a touching series of realistic animal and insect children’s stories, we aim to raise the awareness of the plight our natural world is facing in these uncertain times of climate change, erosion of natural habitat and plastic pollution. Through active learning our books are aimed to educate and inspire the young.

Stay safe and keep well.

Today I had a lovely chat with Allan Archer of talk: Wildlife about all things nature, how Tales from Mother Earth came to fruition and of course, Phoebe the Bee.  You can see our conversation by clicking on the book cover above.

Stay safe and keep well.