Educational landscapes and the environmental entanglement of humans and non-humans through the starling murmuration
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  • 2018
  • 2019-08-01
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Volume 185
Issue 3
Abstract Recent years have seen a continued critical reflection on the “post” or “more‐than” representational landscape as well as a related critique of nature which centres on this concept as a deployment of meanings and their effects. In this paper, I want to explore the possibilities and challenges of widening access to these more entangled and performative understandings of nature and landscape through the example of winter roosting starlings and the spectacle of the starling mumuration. In doing so, the paper also explores the dominant educational constructions of nature as utilised in conservation work and informal educational television, the consideration of the latter taken up through my own work on a forthcoming BBC television series. The focus of this exploration is the RSPB Ham Wall nature reserve on the Somerset Levels, widely regarded as one of the prime locations in Britain for observing murmurations, and where the number of visitors coming specifically to view roosting starlings on a winter's evening can reach 1,000 people. While in many ways the reserve maintains conventional roles of warden‐led stewardship and observational education of nature “in its place,” I also want to suggest that the spectacle of the starling murmuration affords an opportunity to convey humans and non‐humans as embedded in a more performative understanding of conservation which challenges the predominant conventions of conservation practice. In this more reflexive educational context, the possibility exists to frame an accessible and illustrative understanding of the geographies of a more entangled human–non‐human nature.
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  • Morris, Andy (2018). Educational landscapes and the environmental entanglement of humans and non-humans through the starling murmuration. The Geographical Journal (Early Access).
  • Morris, Andy (2019). Educational landscapes and the environmental entanglement of humans and non-humans through the starling murmuration. The Geographical Journal, 185(3) pp. 303–312.
  • Morris, Andy (2019). Educational landscapes and the environmental entanglement of humans and non-humans through the starling murmuration. The Geographical Journal, 185(3) pp. 303–312.
Title Educational landscapes and the environmental entanglement of humans and non-humans through the starling murmuration