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Highland countryside rangers launch online lessons on wildlife and biodiversity

By Imogen James

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Pupils at Farr primary school.
Pupils at Farr primary school.

More than 2000 children have learned more about the natural landscape around them and why it needs to be protected.

The Google Classroom, Highlife Wildlife, was developed in partnership with Highland Council’s education department and teachers can use it to enhance their lessons on the local environment.

Outdoor activities and countryside ranger manager, Imogen Furlong, saw its potential.

She said: “The Countryside Ranger team has over 200 years of collective experience to share their knowledge of biodiversity with school children across the Highlands.

“With the recently launched Highland Nature Biodiversity Action Plan, of which High Life Highland are partners, it identifies priorities that the rangers’ work draws heavily on.

“One of the key roles for us is to inspire, engage, encourage and facilitate a whole new generation of children to love and care for the nature of the Highlands and the planet.”

Farr Primary School teacher Andrea Fitter is among around 200 teaching staff from across the Highlands who have utilised the lessons.

She said: “My class thoroughly enjoyed the activities, which were easily adaptable to suit the needs of my class. They learnt lots of new facts through the detailed videos and enjoyed learning about our special place in an outdoor environment.”

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