This term we're working with three primary schools as well as two groups from Langholm academy. Unfortunately for the older academy pupils, as well as being the sunniest school term, this is also exam time, so we see little of the upper school as they all have their nose to the grindstone until mid June.
On Monday mornings we kick off the week with an S1 group working towards their John Muir Award, for this they have to discover, explore, conserve and share a wild place, in this case moorland! We've had great fun the last three weeks discovering and exploring the moorland with discovery walks, stream dipping and looking for adders and lizards in the sunshine.
|Discovering and exploring|
|Saving tadpoles from the mud|
|Trying to catch a fish|
On Tuesday afternoons since the beginning of March two pupils from Langholm Academy learning base have been on regular visits to the moor while working towards their RSPB Hen Harrier Hero award. We've made bird feeders and watched birds at the Laverock Bird Hide, been litter picking on the moor road and also enjoyed stream dipping in the sunshine yesterday.
|Making bird feeders|
|Tentative about frog spawn|
|Taking shelter in a hole|
Langholm Primary join us on a Thursday for another Wildlife Rangers after-school club, running in three week blocks for P4, P5 & P6. Primary 4's met their first week head on as we went den building in the snow and rain.
Overall we're pretty busy, and it's great to get so many young folk out on the moor. Understanding and enjoying the environment are hopefully the first steps to these young people looking after it in the future.
- Beckie, Education Assistant