Westhill pupils have a wild time with bus

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Pupils at Crombie Primary School in Westhill had a ‘wild’ time last week thanks to a specially designed double-decker education bus.

The ‘Wild about Scotland’ bus is visiting schools in Aberdeenshire as part of a wider campaign being brought to all of Scotland’s 32 local councils over the next 12 months.

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 the RZSS to support the charity in its conservation goals across Scotland.

Pupils from Crombie Primary took part in a variety of interactive and fun lessons which focused on Scottish native species, their habitats and environments

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 in Westhill 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 that wildlife, is of huge worth.”

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.

‘Wild about Scotland’ aims to engage a younger generation with Scotland’s wildlife – not just in forests or wild areas of Scotland, but also in their own back gardens.