Op­er­a­tion Frog Res­cue in ac­tion

Amphibians va­cate school pond

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Burn­side Pri­mary pupils were given the op­por­tu­nity to frogget all about it as they said good­bye to some am­phib­ian friends.

Last week mem­bers of the Coun­try­side Ranger Team based at Calder­glen Coun­try Park vis­ited the school to un­der­take ‘Phase One’ of ‘Op­er­a­tion Frog Res­cue’ from Burn­side Pri­mary’s gar­den pond.

Chris McGin­ley met with the school’s Eco Com­mit­tee and Richard Woods, school jan­i­tor, to re­cover eight frogs, one newt and hun­dreds of tad­poles from the pond.

The pond, lo­cated in the school’s gar­den, is set to be de­mol­ished with the rest of the school as part of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s schools mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme.

The frogs, newt and tad­poles were be­ing re­lo­cated to ponds at Holmhills Park, which are to be im­proved this year as part of the Froglife project.

Pupils were pleased to hear that their much-loved pond crea­tures have found a new home.

The Rangers took time to al­low the chil­dren to hold the frogs and newt while giv­ing them lots of in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion about them.

And the school are call­ing for peo­ple to help them gather mem­o­ries be­fore their build­ing is de­mol­ished at the end of June.

Friends of Burn­side Pri­mary, a group of par­ents and teach­ers, are in­vited in to the school to take pho­tos and say farewell dur­ing open ses­sions on June 18 and 19 from 3.30 till 5pm.

Head­teacher He­len McGar­vey said: “We have had a good re­sponse with pho­tos - a wee re­minder that pho­tos/mem­o­ries can be e-mailed to gw15burn­side­mem­o­ries@glow. sch.uk.”

A bit froggy Burn­side pupils get a close up look at a frog

A newt ex­pe­ri­ence A pupil holds the newt

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