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World's Strongest Man Tom Stoltman of Invergordon backs new educational initiative by Brora bird rescue centre

By Caroline McMorran

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The World's Strongest Man is backing an educational initiative by a Sutherland bird rescue centre.

Tom Stoltman of Invergordon, has given the seal of approval to a "Flight School" set up by Blue Highlands Raptor Rescue and Avian Conservation Centre in Brora.

Tom Stoltman with scops owl Asher.
Tom Stoltman with scops owl Asher.

The project is running as a pilot this year and sees the centre provide local young people with after-school work experience and learning opportunities.

Mr Stoltman, whose nickname is the "Albatross", paid a visit to the centre, located in the former Bayview Hotel at Golf Road, last Saturday, when he had a close encounter with Asher, a white-faced scops owl.

Speaking about his autism, he said he felt the educational programme on offer would be a particular boon for young people who might find mainstream school a struggle.

"When I was diagnosed with autism, it meant I finally started getting the support I needed to learn in ways that were right for me, " he said. "What Flight School will offer youngsters like me is brilliant."

Blue Highlands founder Hadassah Broscova-Righetti said: "As well as hands-on bird rescue, rehabilitation and release, I truly believe that education is Blue Highlands’ responsibility - to inspire young people to excel and reach their full potential.

“If we can play a small part in that, then we are delighted to do so. The young people in our local area are very special to us and we welcome any opportunity we can offer to complement their mainstream education.

“A successful Flight School pilot will mean the centre can apply for funding for a classroom building, an area dedicated to learning, working and experiencing through hands-on care.”

Centre manager Jayne Wilson said: “We want to be able to share our passion with these young people - they are the wildlife stewards of the future."

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