Glasgow school swaps city for the Highlands to learn about nature

Pupils from Sunnyside primary, known as the Ocean Defenders. NO_T38_sunnysideprimary01

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Pupils from Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow are visiting the Highlands to learn about nature and wildlife.

The Glasgow pupils have traded places with Ullapool Primary School youngsters for a week, thanks to Awards for All funding.

During their week in the Highlands they will learn about the geology, archaeology, nature and wildlife of the north west. They also hope to sail on the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s research vessel Silurian.

The Sunnyside pupils have been raising money for the Ullapool-based whale and dolphin rescue group and working together with Ullapool  pupils to help protect local red squirrels and tackle marine plastic litter.

Pupils from the two schools have formed a group called the Ocean Defenders. One of their projects is supplying non-plastic straws to pub and restaurant owners in the hope they will choose to use them.

Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, mentioned the visit in the Scottish Parliament last week. She thanked the pupils for supporting the Whale and Dolphin Trust and welcomed them to the Highlands.