Students from Caithness and Sutherland can celebrate Highland wildlife at e-learning event


Students at Caithness and Sutherland Schools are offered an e-learning week to celebrate wildlife and biodiversity.

Using Google Classroom, e-learning will run from September 27 to October 1, with each day covering a different topic.

Fiona MacLean, High Life Highland Campaign Ranger north of Lochaber, said: “The goal of the week is to engage students with the amazing living things in their school and surrounding areas.

Green beetle of the docks at Caithness. Image: DGS

“We will be offering videos, challenges and learning materials in our new Google classroom, and teachers will be able to deliver the activities to their own classes, in person or through distance learning.

“We hope that going live will allow us to work with more Highland children and help teachers offer outdoor and environmental activities.

“We are also promoting the new Highland Biodiversity Action Plan, in which we are partners. The plan highlights what makes the Highlands special in terms of biodiversity and, most importantly, what can be done to help preserve and enhance our natural world. We think it’s worth shouting.

Tiger moth caterpillar seen near Watten.  Image: DGS
Tiger moth caterpillar seen near Watten. Image: DGS

The activities are aimed at pupils of P7 and S1, but most of the materials will also be of interest to pupils of other levels.

The week will be interactive and schools are encouraged to share what they have learned, created or discovered on social media using the hashtag #HighlifeWildife

Every day a new topic will be launched on the page, but they will stay in place throughout the year:

Monday September 27

Woodlands: Scottish Hyacinths video and quiz; ID the challenge of trees; games and activities on the food web; write a forest poem.

Tuesday, September 28

Fresh water and mindfulness: video and quiz on garden ponds for health and well-being; mindfulness card; quiz on freshwater creatures; look at languages ​​- words for water; create a dance.

Learn about pondlife during the special e-learning week.  Image: DGS
Learn about pondlife during the special e-learning week. Image: DGS

Wednesday September 29

The Bone Caves and Rewilding: video and quiz The Bone Caves of Assynt; follow-up games; extinct mammals; all about rewilding and making a mask.

Thursday September 30

Rocky seashore: Seashore video and quiz; Algae identification challenge; create a game of “fanta-sea” sea creatures; design a conservation poster.

Friday October 1

Lichen safari: video and quiz of the lichen safari; scientific investigation of the air quality in your school’s backyards; write a story steeped in history.

To participate, teachers can join the class at or search for the classroom via the code ig52ag4

High Life Highland Country Rangers organize public events and guided walks in the Highlands with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging appreciation of the landscape, wildlife and heritage.

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