“Nature Detectives… The Challenge” was launched in April 2011 at South Lodge Primary School, Invergordon.
The project aims to help children find out about the wildlife that lives on their very own doorstep in an active and hands-on fashion, using a new booklet that has been produced with children from the School.
Pupils from South Lodge’s Primary 5-6 worked with local artist Gina Bates to collect, scan and arrange images of wildlife and habitats into the booklet. Its 30 pages are jam-packed with pictures and information on Highland plants and animals.
This is part of a partnership project between South Lodge Primary, the Easter Ross Biodiversity Group and Highland Council Rangers. It is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, the Highland Leader 2007-13 Programme, Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland.
Schools and rangers across the Highland Council area have been invited to take part by helping children observe and identify local plants and animals. We now have 35 schools and four clubs participating, involving over 1,200 children.
Pupils are recording their wildlife sightings and answering questions to collect points, which go towards bronze, silver and gold awards.
In addition, we will award an annual trophy to the child who submits the most original and inspiring presentation on the subject of a special place. The trophy is an original piece of artwork by Invergordon Academy Art Student Rebekah Brown, who won a competition to design and make the trophy earlier this year. The closing date for entries is the end of Summer Term (October).
The booklet pages and copies of the record sheets and awards are available for download below. Anyone wishing to take part in the project or enter the Special Place competition should contact Janet Bromham at the address below.
Booklet Pages - Downloads all in PDF format
Click on an image to download that section. Downloads vary from 200k to 1.5mb.
- Record Sheet (15k pdf)
- Feedback Form (10k pdf)
- Bronze Certificate (4.6mb pdf)
- Silver Certificate (5mb pdf)
Wildlife trackers could be just what you need to help you with your nature detective work. As well as a challenge to find 90 creatures they've got lots of ideas of challenges - from making a daisy chain, to bird watching, or rolling downhill.
We are working on a Gaelic version and additional pages covering sea cliffs and peatlands.