Lucky Primary 3s from Inchture Primary had a visit to Redmyre Farm, Invergowrie, Dundee last week organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
In a packed programme the youngsters met the farm’s game keeper Neil Gunn and learned a little about predators and prey, and why some predators need to be controlled. They had to be quiet in the squirrel hide where the reward was seeing numerous squirrels high in the trees, and at the pond where they saw mallard, tufted duck and a pair of swans. Brian Kaye, owner of Redmyre Farm explained why he plants wild flowers to help inverterbrates, particularly bees, and the need for early nectar.
The pupils enjoyed a farm tour in a trailer, with much of the farm’s activity explained to them including the game crops that provide necessary food and shelter for game birds and wildlife. From the top of the farm there were superb views over the Tay valley and beyond to Fife.
Iona Laing, Education and Events Officer, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, said:
“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day on the farm in the sunshine, which had come about because of the success of one of their classmates in the GWCT school’s art competition. They asked lots of questions and showed a real interest in all aspects of the visit, as well as putting a lot of effort into their worksheets which will help to remind them of their visit to Redmyre.”
More information will be posted about the GWCT schools art competition on the Trust website in August www.gwct.org.uk/scotland