Island children celebrate reserve’s 50th

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Ninety children and staff from North Uist’s new school, the Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath, recently came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of RSPB Scotland’s Balranald nature reserve.

The school, which opened for the first time in August, brings together all the primary school children from across the island for the first time.

The children were given the task of painting their own individual wooden tile which was then attached to a large mural board to create the final piece of group artwork.

The artwork reflects the special wildlife and habitats found at Balranald as well as the crofting system which creates the habitats.

Jamie Boyle, RSPB Scotland’s site manager for Balranald, said: “We had a really great time and the enthusiasm of the children, staff and volunteers was infectious.

“We have always seen Balranald as an integral part of the community so getting together with the next generation of the community makes a lot of sense.”

There are plans to have further anniversary events later in the year.