19/09/2018 in RZSS
August was once again a fantastic and varied month for the Wild about Scotland team. We started by attending some great community events with the Machan Trust and Home Start West Lothian, two fantastic charities supporting families and young people across Scotland. We had another busy few days at Newbattle and Penicuik Libraries making bird feeders and engaging with people about Scotland’s amazing wildlife.
This month we were invited back to visit the National Museum of Rural life for two days of family fun. We met their adorable piglets down on the farm and many young wildlife enthusiasts.
We also visited the Scottish Deer Centre to help celebrate their native day with RSPB, Woodland Trust, Scottish Wildlife Trust and The GeoBus. Our favourite part of the day was the “nose to nose” encounter. We were invited to feed one of their hand reared fallow deer and find out more about this beautiful animal. The team also headed back to the annual Big Picnic at Helix Park. Unfortunately, this year was a bit of a wash out with miserable weather all day, but this didn’t stop some keen families coming on board and celebrating Scottish wildlife with us.
This summer we have met some wonderful people and would like to say a big thank you to all the organisations who have hosted us!
The end of the month we were back on the road up to Aberdeenshire and our final big trip overnight on the ferry to the Shetland Islands. We started with two great days at Aberdeen Tech Fest engaging pupils with STEM activities as a part of the festivals school’s week.
We then spent a day with Banchory Primary School including an assembly and lessons on board the bus. Thank you to the pupils and teachers for a great day. We also revisited Glass Primary alongside Project Officer Emma from Scottish Wildcat Action. Pupils had the chance to hop on board the bus and find out these iconic animals and what it means to live in a “Priority Area” for their conservation including checking if their pet cats were #Supercats!
This was also the team’s last full month on the job together with Rosie and Annabeth both heading off to start new jobs together in September. Wild about Scotland has been such a special project to be a part of and we will all greatly miss our adventures across Scotland engaging with schools, communities and the occasional sheep! Thank you to Clydesdale bank for supporting the programme and making it all possible.
Until next time,
Rosie & Annabeth
Top Comments from this month:
“Exciting and educational resources, great to speak to staff about it all”
“What a super idea
“Thank you for visiting our school, the pupils have not stopped talking about it all day”
Top Social Media posts:
Come along and join the Wild about Scotland team and do your bit to help look after one of Scotland's beaches for the @mcsuk Great British Beach Clean on Friday 14th September at Fisherrow Sands, 1:30pm-12:30pm! pic.twitter.com/TVq7qG9aPz— Wild about Scotland (@WildaboutScot) August 29, 2018