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Action Countryside presents articles and papers that directly discuss issues impacting our countryside now.

The NGO Educational Trust is pleased to present a range of resources from like-minded organisations for the educational benefit of our readers. Each article has been matched against the National Curriculum to assess the subject relevance for older students (KS4+).

The resources presented here are designed to generate discussion about the issues affecting our countryside, the tensions between opposing factors such as species recovery and crop yield and the extraordinary lengths some people are going to in order to save some of our endangered species.

Action Countryside

Resource Overview

The following table gives a brief overview of each resource and the associated relevant National Curriculum topic links.

Assessing HydropowerMicro-hydropower generators are providing much needed electricity to rural communities, but at what cost to the migrating salmon?KS4 & Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Design & Technology - Product design
Physics - Energy & Electricity / Energy Resources
Reversing FortunesThe Ratcheugh Partridge Project has seen a remarkable comeback in grey partridge and other farmland birds, but was all the effort worth it?Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability
Fighting for the Black GrouseBlack Grouse remained threatened in England due to their severely contracted range, so how is new work helping these spectacular birds?Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability
Making the most of the MarginsCan improved field margin management lead to increased wildlife and more productive yields?Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Geography - Resources / Food & Farming
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability
Scribbling LarksLife is hard for the endangered Yellowhammer, can conservationists help this species with Stewardship funded supplementary winter feeding?Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability
Silent DawnA combination of habitat management and predator control is the key to saving our songbirdsPost 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability
Wales's crisis of conservationThe uplands of Wales once supported the most productive grouse moors in the UK as well as abundant populations of other birds. What happened?Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability
SGA Year of the WaderThe Scottish Gamekeepers Association has seized the initiative on conservation by declaring 2014 the SGA Year of the Wader. The move will highlight the environmental benefits of traditional grouse moor management and make a strong case for licensed predator control.Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability
A Question of BalancePredation is obviously a normal and essential part of a 'balanced' ecosystem. But does Britain have a balanced ecosystem?Post 16
Geography - Biodiversity / Ecosystems
Biology - Ecosystems & sustainability

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