Walk in the woods is park life for pupils

Fact-find­ing treks

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Won­der­ful wildlife and na­ture at its finest were on the minds of Coat­bridge school­child­ren as they took part in a se­ries of wood­land walks.

First-year pupils from Buchanan High marched on down to Drumpel­lier Coun­try Park for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the land.

The in­quis­i­tive group’s vis­its were or­gan­ised by park ranger Jackie Gilliland, who pre­vi­ously popped along to the school to de­liver a talk on what the young­sters could ex­pect from the park.

This in­cluded the type of things they were likely to see and how to “re­spon­si­bly use the fa­cil­ity”.

The pupils more than put these tips into prac­tice dur­ing their walks at Drumpel­lier as they em­barked on sev­eral “fan­tas­ti­cally en­ter­tain­ing” fact- find­ing ex­er­cises.

Their in­ter­est was piqued when Jackie pointed out the dif­fer­ent types of trees on of­fer within the park as well as the an­i­mals that call the habi­tat home.

Although no wildlife put in an ap­pear­ance dur­ing the pupils’ walks, there was “vis­i­ble ev­i­dence of their pres­ence”, in­clud­ing a deer path.

Buchanan High teacher Chris­tine King said: “It is great for the pupils to have their learn­ing en­hanced by tak­ing part in out­door ex­pe­ri­ences.

“These type of ac­tiv­i­ties give them the chance to see things for them­selves first hand, out­with a class­room setting.

“The ser­vice of­fered by Jackie and her ranger col­leagues is al­ways much ap­pre­ci­ated and val­ued by staff and pupils alike.

“Pupils re­ally em­braced learn­ing all about Drumpel­lier Coun­try Park and the type of fea­tures and wildlife it’s home to.

“The school would like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for en­sur­ing a fan­tas­ti­cally en­ter­tain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Thumbs up The Buchanan High first-year pupils had a “fan­tas­ti­cally en­ter­tain­ing” time dur­ing the walks

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