New website….. please have a look and tell others

Hello everyone, yes it’s ME – Henricus Peters

In these strange / stressful / worrying ‘coronavirus times’ I wanted to bring * fresh information * new ideas * but still be ‘me’ …. this is a NEW WEBSITE with the same concepts but updated layout

My new website is at – Environmental Education

#StayatHome – web resources of #nature

Here are some examples of nature based activities you can try at home,

OUTSIDE in your garden….

* Butterfly Conservation gives you  Identity a butterfly

* from the RSPB – Royal Society for Protection of Birds Bird guides

* from Froglife Frog spotting guides

* From Herpetofauna

For a summary of some of the above , visit NAEE update March 23rd Lizards identification guides




Wetlands : making cities live able


cropped-cropped-img_60011.jpg Wetlands : I have not seen much about this topic despite it being world wetlands day …. on Friday.

I grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand with wetlands within walking distance – and I found feel solace walking there to ‘rid’ myself if teenage angst! Reality – these crucial habitats,  filtering our water and preventing/reducing flooding, are rapidly disappearing! The image above is me in China where farmers use wetlands are a key growing place.

As city environments are now more important, the theme of 2018 is urban & sustainability.

More information here About world wetlands day 2018



‘Hero to many’ – especially Africa’s elephants … remembered by Goodall, all conservationists

Africa – especially its wonderful elephants – has lost a stalwart conservationist when Wayne Lotter died – for his conservation work at 

The Guardian news item 

The Independent news items – Lotter helped catch ‘Queen of Ivory’ 

This from Dr Jane Goodall, whom I have personally met and will I think be okay to share this : “I was profoundly shocked when I heard that Wayne Lotter, co-founder of PAMS Foundation, and known for his courageous fight against poaching of wildlife, had been shot and killed last night in the Masaki district of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Wayne was a hero of mine, a hero to many, someone who devoted his life to protecting Africa’s wildlife.”

It was in 2009 that he teamed up with Krissie Clark and Ally Namangaya to form the PAMS Foundation since then they have worked tirelessly to fight both poachers and corruption. I knew of their activities long before I first met them in 2014 when the elephant poaching crisis was at it’s worst in the Ruaha National Park. At that time powerful vested interests were desperately trying to blacken Wayne’s name and close down the PAMS Foundation. Wayne passionately believed in the importance of involving local communities in the protection of wildlife, and through his work with PAMS he helped train hundreds of village game scouts in many parts of the country. As a result he gained the support of many of the local people, but inevitably faced strong opposition from dealers and many high level government officials. He also worked to develop an intelligence-based approach to anti-poaching that undoubtedly helped to reduce the shocking level of elephant slaughter in Tanzania. ” (By Dr Jane Goodall. Full post can be viewed here on the IRF Facebook page  )

As I re-launch this blog and remainder of the website including updating the pages, I re-dedicate it to all those who care for and fight for the natural world – and our crucial connections to it!

100 Years of US National Parks : Happy birthday to ‘America’s best idea’ !!

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The National Park Service turns 100 – today, August 25, 2016 – the Service is inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! In the US itself – with special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!

On twitter #NPS100 and #FindYourPark

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