Wildlife crime project

FOR THE 13th successive year, Tayside Police wildlife crime officers are running their popular schools wildlife crime project with primary pupils in Tayside schools.

This year, approximately 1,500 pupils from 46 classes in 33 schools are taking part. Since its inception 13,500 pupils have participated in this project.

The pupils have watched an hour-long DVD on wildlife crime. The DVD was made by Tayside Police for the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland, and funded by the Scottish government.

This sets the backdrop of the wide range of wildlife crimes investigated by the police and gives the pupils knowledge that they can develop during their four individual projects – keeping an autumn nature diary, writing a short story about ‘A day in the life of a police wildlife crime officer’, drawing a bird, animal, plant or insect found in the wild in Scotland, and completing a wildlife crime quiz.

The marking of the diaries has just been completed.

Alan Stewart, Tayside Police wildlife and environmental crime officer, who marked them, said: “The diaries are a pleasure to mark, and I personally read through all 1,500. The diary content shows the interest the pupils have in their environment, and in many cases they had an adult with them to help explain what they were seeing and finding on their expeditions.

Local winners are: Angus schools, two-page nature diary - 1, Jordan Doherty, P6, Letham: Dundee schools, two-page nature diary - 1, Elizabeth Donaldson, P5, Eastern; 2, Rachael Lindsay, P5/4, Eastern.