GWCT Scotland engages in a host of events with young people from across the country, promoting the conservation of game and wildlife with the use of practical science throughout the year.
We have hundreds of young visit our Education tent at the Scottish Game Fair each summer. 2019 saw the busiest tent yet, with a host of different exhibitors including Julian Jardine, who drew in the crowds with his ceramic sculptures and workshops. Katrina Candy brought Captain Partridge to life in the giant birds’ nest, along with other wonderful storytellers. We had the Junior Macnab team offering shooting and fishing experiences to young people; you might have spotted the bright orange caps around the showground.
The GWCT built a beautiful miniature version of the upland environment, which was covered in heather, grasses and shrubs found in the uplands. Videos showcased real life in the hills, looking at grouse counting and muirburn. The mound was also packed with birds and animals at home on the hill. The Southern Upland Moorland Group brought taxidermy, which was a great attraction, the fox being a firm favourite. There were numerous opportunities for children to take part in colouring in and creating birds and mammals of their choice.
We had a lovely weekend in our usual spot at Moy Highland Game Fair, where our bugs were on display again alongside a face painter painting Captain Partridge images from Katrina Candy’s books, which was incredibly popular on the Saturday. The Angus Moorland Group also came along to show some of their traps, taxidermy and general sharing of life in the upland environment.
Working with RHET, we host a number of farm visits, available to all schools. We arrange to take pupils to a farm local to their school and show them some of the workings. Every farm is different, of course. Visiting Whitburgh Farm in East Lothian, we talk about the grey partridge and predation, and we look at their livestock after a short walk around the pond. This spring we were able to take a short bus tour around Aberbothrie Farm in Perthshire; pupils saw the many different crops grown and learnt about some of the wildlife management techniques adopted in the area. In 2018, Longforgan Primary School were part of the class to be invited to Redmyre as a result of one of their talented class members winning the GWCT Art Competition 2017. Watch a video of their day here.
Every autumn term across Perth and Kinross for the last 15 years we have run the GWCT Art Competition, with the help of P&K Council. We invite pupils from both primary and secondary schools in the area to submit a piece of artwork depicting a ‘game or wildlife species from the British Isles relevant to the Trust’s work’.
The creations are judged by local artists and councillors before the prestigious prizegiving, a celebration of the great local talent. This will be rolled out into Aberdeenshire this year as we open the competition up to the Marr area.