North Bute pupils study island’s animals

The pupils of North Bute Primary School were quite taken with David McVey's silkie chickens.
The pupils of North Bute Primary School were quite taken with David McVey's silkie chickens.

Pupils from North Bute Primary School have been busy learning all about animals this term, and have been fortunate to tap into some local knowledge from some island residents.

Primary 1, 2 and 3 started off by looking for evidence of animals on the beach, unearthing sea urchins, crabs, and insects, as well as spotting seagulls.

The children also had a visit from two of David McVey’s two silkie chickens, learning how to look after them and collect their eggs. The school would like to thank David for letting the pupils take care of them.

Inspired, the children read the story of ‘Chicken Licken’ , retelling the tale with puppets.

This week the pupils had a visit from Mount Stuart rangers, Billy and Ian, who spoke about the island’s bat population, and providing some very interesting facts. Did you know, for example, that bats can eat up to 3000 midges every night?

We knew there was a reason we liked bats!