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steve backshall

21
Jul
2016
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Seven tips to #GetOutside safely this summer

We often talk about safety tips to help you #GetOutside in the winter, but there are some equally important things to think about for summer safety in the great outdoors. More of us are inspired to explore in the summer, and particularly with our families over the summer holidays, so follow these summer safety tips from #GetOutside champion Steve Backshall to keep safe when you’re out and about.


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13
Jul
2016
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Digimap for Schools competition winner announced

Thank you to all of the schools who entered our exciting competition with EDINA featuring Digimap for Schools and our #GetOutside champion Steve Backshall. Combining geography, wildlife and photography, it saw primary school children across Britain taking wildlife photos and plotting them on a map of their school’s area.

Some of the fantastic entries during judging

Some of the fantastic entries during judging

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1
Jun
2016
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School #wildlifemap competition with Steve Backshall

Some of you will know that we’ve teamed up with EDINA for an exciting competition featuring Digimap for Schools and our #GetOutside champion Steve Backshall. Combining geography, wildlife and photography, it’s a fantastic opportunity for primary school children. Steve tells us more about the competition and about some great British wildlife you could be spotting.

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Here is a great chance for you and your school to get involved with Ordnance Survey.  We want to encourage children all over Britain to get outside looking for wildlife. You can enter the competition to win a visit from me to your school. All you need to do is start investigating your local wildlife and photograph what you find. Upload what you spot onto a map and send it to us. I’m really excited to see the entries and to meet the winning school. I’ll be able to talk to you all about the wildlife you’ve found and answer any questions you have.  Read More

26
Nov
2015
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Map reading skills: How to use a compass

Updated March 2020.

SBNav2Week five in our six-week blog series on map reading skills focuses on the compass. Map reading is an essential skill for any explorer or outdoor enthusiast. We’ve teamed up with Steve Backshall to record a series of videos to remind you of the basics and help you feel confident with your map.

So far we’ve covered which OS map you needunderstanding map symbols and making sense of contour lines and how to read a grid reference. Today we’re covering the compass. Next week, our final blog in the series will cover:

  • Understanding magnetic north

Each week we’ll share Steve’s video with you, give a summary in the blog and point you in the right direction of further resources and details. Hear what Steve has to say about knowing your compass and how to take a compass bearing in these two short videos:
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19
Nov
2015
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Map reading skills: How to read a grid reference

Updated March 2020.

On week four in our six-week blog series on map reading skills, we’re taking a look at how to read a grid reference. Map reading is an essential skill for any explorer or outdoor enthusiast. We’ve teamed up with Steve Backshall to record a series of videos to remind you of the basics and help you feel confident with your map.

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So far we’ve covered which OS map you needunderstanding map symbols and making sense of contour lines. Today we’re covering grid references, both four-figure and six-figure version. Over the next fortnight we’ll also cover:

  • Knowing your compass and how to take a compass bearing
  • Understanding magnetic north

Each week we’ll share Steve’s video with you, give a summary in the blog and point you in the right direction of further resources and details. Hear what Steve has to say about grid references in these two short videos: Read More

8
Aug
2015
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New map reading videos with Steve Backshall

SAteve Backshall records map reading videosNavigating your way around is an essential skill for any explorer or outdoor enthusiast and being able to confidently use a map is a vital skill which everyone should have before setting off on an outdoors adventure. Research shows that the skill of map reading is in decline and our #GetOutside champion, Steve Backshall, is helping us to reverse that trend.

Steve says: I’m always with a penknife, map and compass. I’m an OS map user in a big way. It’s almost a daily thing. I’m enormously proud of OS. Its level of cover in this country is extraordinary. I think it’s something that, hand on heart, Brits do better than anyone else.

Map reading is a skill that’s dying out. Everyone should be able to read with a map and compass. It can and will save lives.

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