Congratulations to Larbert High School who were presented with the Youth and Education Award at this year's RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. Since 2011, Larbert High School has worked with the local community and partner organisations to safeguard Carron Dams SSSI. Their hard work has helped turn this nationally important site from an underused, neglected area into a thriving nature reserve; enjoyed by local people and used by pupils throughout the curriculum.
John Martindale, Principal Teacher of Humanities Faculty & Global Citizenship, said:
"The staff and pupils of Larbert High School felt extremely honoured to be nominated and then shortlisted for the Youth and Education Category at the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. To attend the wonderful event in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening with so many passionate devotees of the environmental cause was inspiring and heartening. We were completely blown away to actually win the award – being in a category with so many worthwhile nominees. There are many individuals and partner organisations, such as CSGN, who have contributed to the success of Larbert High School's environmental initiatives and we would just say – if you have the passion to help conserve and enhance the natural world, wherever you are, there are a host of like-minded people and organisations willing to help. Build contacts and go for it!"
Slammannan Primary School were also recognised, achieving Runner Up in the same category for their Bean Goose Project. Whilst having fun, these children are learning the practical application of science and are contributing to the long term conservation of the bean geese.
There is more information about the RSPB Nature of Scotland Award Winners 2013 online.