Kids are go­ing wild!

Rutherglen Reformer - - School News - Staff re­porter

Pupils at a Ruther­glen pri­mary school went wild last week.

But kids at St Mark’s cer­tainly weren’t out of con­trol.

They were able to ex­pe­ri­ence a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive Scot­tish wildlife ses­sions thanks to a spe­cially de­signed dou­bledecker ed­u­ca­tion bus tour­ing Scot­land.

The ‘Wild about Scot­land’ bus is vis­it­ing schools in the area as part of a wider cam­paign be­ing brought to all of Scot­land’s 32 lo­cal coun­cils.

It’s the sec­ond time the bus has vis­ited Ruther­glen, hav­ing al­ready stopped by Burn­side Pri­mary School in Jan­uary, dur­ing last term.

Now in its sec­ond 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 RZSS to sup­port the char­ity in its con­ser­va­tion goals across Scot­land.

Pupils from St Mark’s Pri­mary School got to take part in a va­ri­ety of in­ter­ac­tive and fun ses­sions which fo­cused on Scot­tish na­tive species, their habi­tats and en­vi­ron­ments. Ses­sions were de­liv­ered by a ded­i­cated ed­u­ca­tion team from RZSS.

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.

“Our mo­bile ed­u­ca­tion bus has had a huge im­pact across the length and breadth of Scot­land, car­ry­ing out a large num­ber of pit stops in South La­nark­shire. It is vi­tal that we reach out to teach young peo­ple about con­ser­va­tion work and the species on their own doorstep. This out­reach pro­ject makes up a sig­nif­i­cant part of RZSS’s work and we hope to con­tinue with this, and other sim­i­lar projects, for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

He­len Page, Cus­tomer Ex­pe­ri­ence, Prod­ucts and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor at Cly­des­dale Bank, said: “RZSS makes a vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to the con­ser­va­tion of Scot­land’s wildlife, both through di­rect preser­va­tion and its com­mit­ment to ed­u­cat­ing the public on en­dan­gered species, habi­tats and ecosys­tems.

“Since its first trip last year more than 11,000 peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced the Wild about Scot­land bus, in­clud­ing 286 from South La­nark­shire.

“We’re proud to be sup­port­ing the cam­paign in the new term, par­tic­u­larly as the bus gives com­mu­ni­ties that may not oth­er­wise have the op­por­tu­nity, the chance to en­gage with ex­per­tise from RZSS on Scot­tish con­ser­va­tion.”

To find out which schools and venues the bus is vis­it­ing or to book a visit to your lo­cal pri­mary school for the next term, please visit : http:// www. cbon­line. co.uk/wild­aboutscot­land

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