Nearly 300 young people from across Ayrshire have taken the opportunity to learn about Scotland’s native species and special conservation projects.
That’s all thanks to a specially designed double-decker wildlife education bus touring Scotland.
From Dumfries and Galloway to the Outer Hebrides, the ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus has stopped at 136 primary schools and 15 venues the length and breadth of country, travelling more than 8,000 miles in the process.
Around 272 pupils from Ayrshire took part when the bus visited schools such as Sacred Heart Primary in Girvan, Beith Primary and Whitehirst Primary in Kilwinning.
Pupils have been taking part in a variety of interactive and fun lessons focussing on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments. Lessons are delivered by a dedicated education team from conservation charity the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS).
Developed by RZSS, the programme has been made possible through a partnership between Clydesdale Bank and the charity to support its conservation goals across Scotland.
Chris West, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: “Our mobile education bus has had a huge impact across the length and breadth of Scotland, visiting school children all over the country. It is vital, more than ever before, that we reach out to teach young people about conservation work and the species on their own doorstep.
“This outreach project is a vital part of RZSS’ 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: “The Wild about Scotland bus has been a huge success since making its first trip to Ayrshire.
“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. It’s hugely satisfying to play a role in helping them.”