Bute pupils hop on ‘Wild About Scotland’ bus

Pupils from Rothesay Primary (pictured) and St Andrew's Primary climbed aboard the 'Wild ABout Scotland' bus which visited the island last week.
Pupils from Rothesay Primary (pictured) and St Andrew's Primary climbed aboard the 'Wild ABout Scotland' bus which visited the island last week.

Pupils from St Andrew’s Primary School and Rothesay Primary School experienced a series of interactive Scottish wildlife sessions last week, thanks to a specially designed double-decker education bus touring Scotland.

The programme has been developed by the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (RZSS) and has been made possible through a partnership between Clydesdale Bank and RZSS to support the charity in its conservation goals across Scotland.

Pupils from the schools took part in a variety of interactive and fun sessions which focus on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments. Sessions are delivered by a dedicated education team from RZSS.

Barbara Smith, Interim 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.

“Our mobile education bus has had a huge impact across the length and breadth of Scotland. It is vital that we reach out to teach young people about conservation work and the species on their own doorstep. This outreach project makes up a significant part of RZSS’s work and we hope to continue with this, and other similar projects, for the foreseeable future.”

Helen Page, Chief Marketing Officer 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.

“Since its first trip in 2014, more than 20,000 people have experienced the Wild about Scotland bus, including more than 400 from the Argyll and Bute area. We’re proud to be supporting the campaign in the new term, particularly as the bus gives communities the chance to engage with expertise from RZSS on Scottish conservation.”

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.