Rogart pupils discover wildlife on their doorstep
Rogart Primary P4-7 have had a fantastic month to end their academic year with lots of field trips to survey habitats in East Sutherland.
They have monitored nesting osprey with Forestry and Land Scotland forester Neil McInnes; grey and harbour seals in Loch Fleet; woodland habitats in Balblair Woods and beautiful wildflower carpets on Loch Fleet Nature Reserve.
The class also headed for the hills and surveyed the open moorlands of Ben Armine for golden eagle with Andy Summers Highlife Highland Countryside Ranger and Robbie Rowantree and Megan Rowland told the children all about habitat monitoring and deer management.
Megan also inspired the girls in the group to look at resource and land management as a career.
The children kept Robbie on his toes with questions like: “How many deer is too many?" and "how much do you get paid?”.
The children have learned how to carry out transect and quadrat surveys and how to use telescopes and identify plants and birds so they are all set for meeting the Scottish Governments target of helping more young Scots develop jobs within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The children were inspired by all the amazing wildlife and habitats they could find right on their doorstep and their fantastic experiences fuelled writing, maths and science lessons back in the classroom.