Going Wild about Scotland through January!

February 18, 2015 § Leave a comment


At the SSE Hydro, also sponsored by Clydesdale Bank.

At the SSE Hydro, also sponsored by Clydesdale Bank.

In the first month of 2015, we’ve stayed close to home. Despite freezing temperatures and snowy conditions, we visited a total of 13 schools across Edinburgh, Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire, the Renfrewshires and Fife.

Our bus got its first real taste of snow during our Fife week at the beginning of the month when we visited Glenrothes and again in Glasgow in our last week. The snow got so bad at one point that a school had to reschedule their visit so the children didn’t miss out- see you in April Crawforddyke Primary! (Hopefully the snow will hold this time although in Scotland you never know!) While at Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow, we took the opportunity to stop off at The SSE Hydro. This is another one of Clydesdale Bank’s sponsorship properties so it was only appropriate we took a photograph of the two projects side by side.

Our mascots Brodie and Gillespie playing in the snow at Our Lady and St Francis Primary School.

Our mascots Brodie and Gillespie playing in the snow at Our Lady and St Francis Primary School.

A special ‘Thank you’ to Lochrutton and Boghall Primary Schools who sent us some lovely letters showing the excellent work pupils have done following on from their session on the bus. See example work below in our ‘Top Tweets’. We’ve also started a new Twitter quiz on Fridays, where we ask you to identify a close-up of a native species. Keep an eye out for #fridayfocus @WildaboutScot.

Bus driver DaveFrom the driver’s seat….

Each month our ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus driver David gives you a wee insight into what it’s like to drive our double decker the length and breadth of Scotland.

Hail, rain, wind and snow have made January an interesting month of driving. Twice during our Fife week the Forth Road Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles, meaning a 30 mile detour via Kincardine Bridge. On a number of occasions, snow has started halfway through the morning lessons, so when it came time to leave the playgrounds were whiteouts. But after some careful driving in snowy conditions, the school gates were successfully negotiated.

Whether due to visibility, rain-soaked spectacles or maybe the hope of the Wild about Scotland bus being their ticket home, I am increasingly being flagged down by prospective bus passengers! The large pictures of animals, lack of seats and a service number not being a clue, they are disappointed when I stop to inform them of their mistake.

As well as driving the bus, I have become responsible for taking many of the photos you see on Twitter and in local papers. So one big plus in January was an afternoon training from the Big Partnership on how to take a professional photograph suitable for use by the press. A very informative and interesting session. Thank you Laura and Neil.

BrodieKnowsBest#Brodie knows best

Each month Brodie the bus mascot answers your questions about science and nature.

Q. Why are beavers’ teeth orange?

A. The hard orange enamel on the outside of beavers’ incisors is in contrast to the soft dentin on the inside of the teeth. Like all rodents, the incisors continue to grow throughout their lifetime. So when a beaver gnaws on wood or bark this softer inner layer wears away faster than the harder outer layer. This creates a chiselled finish, keeping our teeth nice and sharp!

Submit your questions for next month on Twitter @WildaboutScot using #Brodieknowsbest

Top teacher comments and tweets

“Great interactive activities that had the children engaged from beginning to end”, Kelty Primary School

“Really enjoyable and definitely worth a visit. Very informative and great staff. Will recommend”, Strathallan Primary School

“All the hands on activities, especially the dam building, really captured the imagination and attention of the children”, Crookfur Primary School

“Come more often!” Sunnyside Primary School

Next month- February

Next month, as well as visiting schools across Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and Kinross, Angus, Glasgow and South Lanarkshire, we have some special events planned! On Wednesday 4th February, we will be open to the public at our local aquarium Deep Sea World in North Queensferry. Also, as part of Scottish Environment Week we will be welcoming MSPs on board at Holyrood on Thursday 19th February.

For more information about the Wild about Scotland project and to see when the bus is next in your area, visit our website at www.rzss.org.uk/wildaboutscotland, follow us on Twitter @WildaboutScot, or like our Facebook page.

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