Going wild at Girvan Primary!

Organiser Sarah Blackie, learning for sustainability teacher, with some of the parent council and pupils during Wildlife Day at Girvan Primary.

Organiser Sarah Blackie, learning for sustainability teacher, with some of the parent council and pupils during Wildlife Day at Girvan Primary.

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Girvan Primary pupils - and parents - got the chance to go really wild this week at a special World Wildlife Day.

Organised by the Learning for Sustainability teacher, Sarah Blackie, the children enjoyed an education hub, educational displays, petting zoos and a reading tipi.

A 'catch the bat' demonstration from the Scottish SPCA

A 'catch the bat' demonstration from the Scottish SPCA

Children from Barr, Barrhill and Invergarven schools also attended the event on Monday, March 13.

Organisations involved included Ayrshire Reindeer Co. with reindeers, lizards, snakes and rabbits. Hoots Owls had a collection of birds of prey and the Bunny Luv petting zoo.

In the education hub there were stalls from the Scottish SPCA, National Trust for Scotland, Ayrshire Rivers Trust, Froglife, Wild About the Forest, COAST, Scottish Badgers, SRUC, Scottish Wild Beaver Group and the Dogs Trust. The children and parents visited each area throughout the day. A carousel of displays in the large hall showed animals from all the different continents, and the experts in the education hub held talks and demonstrations.

Sarah Blackie said: “The children learn much more about animals when they speak to people who have a real passion and real life hands-on experience with animals. Days like these are very useful for them. We would like to thank everyone who came along, and the organisations and the parent council for all their help. Having the children and parents from the other schools made it a real community event.”

Reading at the tee-pee was a favourite.

Reading at the tee-pee was a favourite.

The Europe display in the main hall.

The Europe display in the main hall.

Feeding the reindeer in the Quadrangle.

Feeding the reindeer in the Quadrangle.