Make the most of Scottish wildlife

Children watching birds at school, RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch, January 2007

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This summer RSPB Scotland is offering half-priced entry at three of its reserves: Loch Leven in Perth and Kinross, Loch Garten near Aviemore, and Lochwinnoch just outside Glasgow.

Children and families can set out on mini-beast safaris, dip into rock-pooling sessions and construct cafes for hedgehogs.

Jasper Hamlet, a youth and families officer for RSPB Scotland, said: ‘Connecting to nature should be a key part of any child’s upbringing, experiencing for themselves what a worm feels like or learning how a plant grows.

‘The country’s wildlife and the habitats that they depend on will benefit too, as children who have adventures outdoors, who feel, smell and explore nature, and build up an emotional attachment to it, are much more likely to want to protect and conserve it in future.’