1,500 pupils take part in police wildlife initiative

PRIMARY school pupils from across Tayside gathered at Battleby yesterday (Thursday) when the winners of the Tayside Police Wildlife Crime Project were announced.

A staggering 1,500 pupils took part in the annual competition, each writing a short wildlife story where they had to take on the role of investigating a wildlife crime, compile an autumn nature diary, and draw an animal, bird, insect or plant.

The pupils also took part in a quiz based on a wildlife DVD produced by the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime. The pupils then had to enrol adult help at home to ensure they had as many correct answers as possible.

Alan Stewart, Tayside Police’s Wildlife and Environmental Crime Officer, said: “There were about 20 quizzes completely correct.

“Whether the pupils taught parents or vice-versa I don’t know but, considering the range of questions, that was a good result.

“Teachers tell me the pupils really enjoy the project. Maybe because it’s a bit different from the normal school work.”

The winners received books provided by Argyll Publishing, while Dobbies Garden World awarded ‘spending sprees’ for the winning schools in Dundee, Angus and Perthshire.

The spending sprees total £500, and have been donated by Dobbies’ community programme, ‘Here we Grow’.

Winners from schools in the Arbroath Herald/Guide & Gazette circulation area included:

Arbirlot P4-7 - Best in class: Kate Willey.

Letham P6 - two-page diary, 1, Jordan Doherty; story, 1, Jordan Doherty; best in class: Jordan Doherty.

Eastern P5/4 - story, 2, Gina Zuberbuhler-McLung; 3, Amy Macleod; two-page diary, 2, Rachael Lindsay; best in class, Rachael Lindsay,

Eastern P5 - drawing, 4, Hannah Cain: two-page diary, 1, Elizabeth Donaldson: drawing, 3, Elizabeth Donaldson: best in class: Elizabeth Donaldson.

Eastern Primary won the £100 Dobbies’ ‘Here we Grow’ award for this area.