Wild about Scotland bus visits Harris primary school pupils

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Pupils at Leverhulme Memorial Primary School in Harris were able to experience a series of interactive Scottish wildlife lessons last week.

This was due to a specially designed double-decker education bus currently touring Scotland.

The ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus is visiting schools in Scotland as part of a wider campaign being brought to all of Scotland’s 32 local councils throughout the 2015 and 2016.

The programme has been developed by the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS) and has been made possible in partnership with the Clydesdale Bank.

Pupils from Leverhulme Memorial School Primary School got to take part in a variety of interactive and fun lessons which focused on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments. Lessons were delivered by a dedicated education team from RZSS.

Chris West, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: “Conservation through education is one of the founding principles behind the Society and remains one of our key goals to this day.

“We believe connecting young people on Harris to the natural world is vital and the ‘Wild about Scotland’ outreach programme will further add to the curriculum based learning delivered each year by the Society.

“Importantly, now more than ever, preserving and learning about the huge variety of wildlife living in Scotland, and how children may help make a difference in the conservation of wildlife.”

Helen Page, Customer Experience, Products and Marketing Director at Clydesdale Bank said: “RZSS makes a vital contribution to the conservation of Scotland’s wildlife, both through direct preservation and its commitment to educating the public on endangered species, habitats and ecosystems. We’re proud to be joining forces with them to help deliver this educational programme to primary schools on the island.

“Our support will enable them to bring the ‘Wild about Scotland’ programme to young people not only on Harris, but to communities across Scotland.”

The customised double-decker has been transformed from a Stagecoach passenger bus into a fully functional and interactive mobile classroom with capacity to accommodate up to 26 children at once.

To find out which schools and venues the bus is visiting next or to book a visit go to: website