River in a Box

Dr Annie Ockelford from the Aquatic Research Centre was part of the team helping the Forestry Commission promote their Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme at the New Forest and Hampshire County show this week.

The HLS scheme seeks to return some of the New Forest’s rivers back to a natural, meandering state and as such restore the health and biodiversity of the rivers within the New Forest.

Visitors to the stand were able to experiment with a ‘River in a Box’, a sandbox where the shape of the river can be controlled and manipulated to show different scenarios. This demonstrates how changes to river channel dimensions can affect flood risk and shows how restoring rivers back to a meandering course benefits habitats, ecology, fisheries and people.

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Train to teach this September

If you have considered training to teach after graduating in a STEM subject this year, this post is for you…

Train to teach and inspire hundreds of young minds along the way. Start your teaching career on a Geography train to teach course this September.

Tax-free bursaries and prestigious scholarships of up to £30,000 are available while you train as a teacher.The department of Education (DfE) website has additional support available to help you get started…

  • Read these five simple steps to get into teaching
  • Register to attend the next DfE online event on 18 July; which provides specific advice for new STEM graduates like you.

Or you can register an interest in our programmes here.

Dig It! Family Archaeology Day

Dig it flyerJoin in the fun at the Dig It! Family Archaeology Day at Brighton Museum on Saturday 16 July.

Come along and meet archaeologists and discover ancient (and sometimes mysterious) artefacts from sites across Brighton & Hove, ranging from the Neolithic to the Victorian age. The day will feature special displays, craft activities, demonstrations and talks by experts to take you back through time and make the day an unforgettable experience.



Attractions on the day include:

  • Flint knapping demonstrations
  • 3D artefact scanning and printing demonstrations by Brighton University
  • A geo-physics survey in the Pavilion Gardens
  • Clay pot making and decorating activities
  • Drawing and recording activities for all ages
  • A live archaeological trench in the Pavilion Gardens
  • A finds processing station
  • Costumed period characters
  • An opportunity to find out what bones/ human remains can tell us about life in the past
  • Talks on geology, bones and info on local archaeological sites
  • A finds display created by Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society
  • A dressing up area
  • A special display of artefacts from the museum’s archaeology collection


Free with admission, members and residents free, drop-in.