Going Wild about Scotland through October!
November 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
We’ve had a busy October, welcoming aboard pupils from schools in the Lothians, Fife, Glasgow and Angus to learn about our amazing Scottish Wildlife.
One of the challenges of the project that we face on a regular basis is negotiating the bus around streets designed in the last century for wooden carts and the like. David managed to navigate our nine foot wide double decker successfully into East Linton Primary School grounds and we delivered our popular Beavers and Wildcats lesson to the Primary 4 and Primary 6 classes, much to the delight of the pupils and the teachers.
With it being October half-term across Scotland we decided to park up at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park for the week. This is a great opportunity for us to talk about the project as well as the other work of RZSS. People love hearing about the important conservation and research work that is funded by their visit to our parks as well as hearing about the amazing biodiversity of Scotland and the UK.
During this time at the park we manged to fit in a meeting with Alexandra Kennaugh and Costi Ciocoiu from The European Nature Trust (TENT). This is an organisation which is interested in the restoration and preservation of wild habitats in Scotland and Romania, particularly the Scottish Highlands and the Carpathian Mountains. TENT have been running a similar project to ours in Romania called Regatul Salbatic (Wild Kingdom) and this was a perfect opportunity to link up the two buses. Costi travels around Romania teaching children about the importance of the forest and was keen to get an idea of what we deliver for his next bus that they will be launching in the new year.
Romania contains 50% of Europe’s virgin forest and with illegal logging on the increase animals such as lynx, brown bear and wolf are now under threat. For more information on TENT and their work across the world just head to http://www.theeuropeannaturetrust.com/en/.
See you next month,
Jamie and Lindsay
#Brodie knows best
Following our visit from Costi, who runs The Wild Kingdom bus in Romania, Brodie’s been learning all about Romania’s wildlife. Romania still has species that once roamed Scotland but sadly have been hunted to extinction over the last 1000 years. Animals such as lynx, European brown bear and wolves live alongside the local shepherds working in the mountains. Although some of the large predators hunt their livestock there is a respect for the important role these predators play in controlling large destructive herbivores such as deer in an ecosystem like that of the Romanian forest.
Top teacher comments and Tweets
“Fantastic afternoon of activities which thoroughly engaged children in learning. Resources were interesting and children were excited to engage with them. Education officers were well organised and enthusiastic” St John the Baptist School
“Excellent workshop which engaged everyone in the class” East Linton Primary
“Fantastic workshop and great education officers!” Campie Primary School, Musselburgh
What was the best part?
“Using the nets, bug boxes and sheets to let the children see what is living in their own garden. Motivating and something we can do again when doing info handling and graphs next term” Stenton Primary
“The outdoor section- the children were able to explore in small groups, helping their appreciation of the outdoors and wildlife. Children were engaged, motivated and intrigued to learn about what they had collected” St Benedicts Primary.
Next month- November
Next month we continue to spread the word about Scotland’s amazing widlife visiting schools across South Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Moray, West Lothian, Edinburgh and Glasgow.