Conservation: never too young to start
Written by: Dr. Peter Bevis
Published: 24th May 2016, last updated: 27th January 2020
It’s no secret that the heart of Highland Titles is conservation. It’s also no secret that, even doing the best that we can, our work will never be done. Conservation is not a one time effort, it is an ongoing project that must become a part of our lifestyle, not just a hobby on the side. The future lies in our children which is why Highland Titles are happy to work with and encourage schools the world over to get involved in their own efforts to conserve and preserve the world we live in.
On April 14th 2016, the S2 students at Kinlochleven High School ventured to the Highland Titles Reserve at Glencoe Wood to take part in a few activities in collaboration with Curriculum for Excellence. This is an initiative from Education Scotland in which students are encouraged to develop life skills in a more enriched environment. The goal is to create a generation of
- successful learners
- confident individuals
- responsible citizens
- effective contributors
The students took part in 3 activities which used a variety of skills including maths, problem-solving and hands-on teamwork exercises.
The first activity required the group to use GPS coordinates to locate individual pegs around the reserve which will, in turn, assist them in their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. This was followed by a more maths-based activity in which the students had to work out the number of trees in a set selection of land. They did this by sampling a small area and estimating how many trees would be in it.
They then got to participate in a tour of the reserve, led by myself (Stewart), making sure to stop by the beehives and our Saddleback pigs, Barker and Corbett. They learned how these inhabitants, though very different in size and purpose, are making a major difference in the conservation work we do.
Barker and Corbett
Finally, the students got to get a bit more hands-on and build planters out of old pallets. The materials were prepared beforehand so the students could assemble them on site. The flowers and plants attract bees for the hives. This took a lot of cooperation and teamwork but gave them something tangible to accomplish. We also hope this inspires them to do more in their own lives at home (and perhaps you as well!).
We look forward to working together with the Kinlochleven students more in the future and helping to educate people of all ages on the importance of working together to conserve not only this stunning part of Scotland, but anywhere they may live.
Stay tuned over the next few months as we spotlight more ways to get involved in conservation where you are. There are many easy Do-It-Yourself projects that you can do in and around your home to do your part!
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