Pupils are ‘Wild about Scotland’

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Pupils at Logie Durno Primary School were able to experience a series of interactive Scottish wildlife lessons last week, thanks to a specially designed double-decker education bus currently touring Scotland.

The ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus is visiting schools in Aberdeenshire as part of a wider campaign being brought to all of Scotland’s 32 local councils over the next 12 months and is on its second trip to the region, having visited in September last year.

The programme has been developed by the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS) and has been made possible through a partnership between Clydesdale Bank and the RZSS to support the charity in its conservation goals across Scotland.

Pupils from Logie Durno Primary got to get their hands dirty in a variety of interactive and fun lessons which focused on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments. Lessons were delivered by a dedicated education team from RZSS.

Logie Durno Primary School teacher, Jennifer Burns, commented: “The Wild about Scotland bus has visited the school twice now and the pupils loved the interactive lessons.

“It’s a great initiative and a fun way for the children to learn about nature without being restricted to the classroom.”

Chris West, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: “Conservation through education is one of the founding principles behind the Society and remains one of our key goals to this day.

“We believe connecting young people at Logie Durno to the natural world is vital and the ‘Wild about Scotland’ outreach programme will further add to the curriculum based learning delivered each year by the Society.

“Importantly, now more than ever, preserving and learning about the huge variety of wildlife living in Scotland, and how children may help make a difference in the conservation of that wildlife, is of huge worth.”

The customised double-decker has been transformed from a Stagecoach passenger bus into a fully functional and interactive mobile classroom with capacity to accommodate up to 26 children at once.