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Charles Alexander Fleming

CREST 150th Celebration investigations

Charles Alexander Fleming KBE FRS FRSNZ (1916 – 1987) was a geologist, ornithologist, avian palaeontologist and environmentalist.

From a young age, he was involved in collection expeditions throughout New Zealand. He formed part of the team of scientists investigating the country’s ocean floors, currents and life in deep ocean. He investigated New Zealand’s cicadas and diverse birdlife throughout his career. His love of nature and the environment led him to conservation, and he became involved in Save Manapouri Campaign, a spokesperson for Native Forest Action Council and the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand. 

Project guidelines 

Be inspired by Charles Alexander Fleming, and for a 150th First, Team FirstBronze, Team BronzeSilver,Team Silver, Silver Challenge or Team Silver Challenge award:

Identify a local environmental issue and develop and begin an action/remediation plan demonstrating its  effectiveness and outcomes.


Links to teaching and learning programmes

This investigation could contribute to teaching and learning programmes involving:

Science   Levels 1-8 : Living World/Ecology, Nature of Science/Participating and Contributing

Science: Living World 1.10

Biology: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1

Chemistry: 2.2

Efs: 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.5