Finally, there was an interesting article by Libby Purves in yesterdays Times (31-05-10) bemoaning the state of society that discourages children making camps out in woodland and hedgerows. She blames parents and conservation organisations that frown on leaving children to make unrestricted play in a natural environment, picking flowers and making bows and arrows with a penknife in true Famous Five tradition. She, correctly in my opinion, signposts the lack of young naturalists coming through the system to our hand holding society and has a dig at outdoor spaces that are ordered in terms of surfaced walkways and interpretation boards with limited opportunities for first hand experience of nature. If we are to reconnect with nature and respect biodiversity we need to take this issue by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shaking. For starters schools should reintroduce, summer term nature walks and bring back the school nature table.