BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Talking Point -

The aim will be to teach young peo­ple, in a sys­tem­atic way, the vi­tal skills of the nat­u­ral­ist.

kk Re­ceive an un­der­stand­ing of the va­ri­ety of habitats and ecosys­tems in the UK and visit as many as pos­si­ble.

kk Track lo­cal wildlife through the sea­sons, mon­i­tor­ing res­i­dent species as well as the pat­terns of mi­gra­tions.

kk Demon­strate the links be­tween the UK and the wider world through the eyes of wildlife, giv­ing a broad per­spec­tive. This will re­quire good com­puter, field, data-han­dling and in­ter­pre­ta­tion skills.

kk Learn about in­va­sive and in­tro­duced species and the ef­fect of cli­mate change on the po­ten­tial re-dis­tri­bu­tion of an­i­mals and plants. kk Un­der­stand the con­tri­bu­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources to the world’s economies, and the role na­ture plays on the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal stage.

kk Make con­nec­tions be­tween na­ture and cul­ture, and un­der­stand how much na­ture un­der­pins our lives. kk Use cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal data to give a sense of the changes that have taken place and what we can ex­pect to hap­pen this cen­tury.

kk Put all of these into the con­text of fu­ture de­ci­sion-mak­ing, to make in­formed con­tri­bu­tions.

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