For the 13th successive year Tayside Police wildlife crime officers ran a wildlife crime project with primary pupils in Tayside schools.
This year approximately 1500 pupils from 46 classes in 33 schools took part.
13,500 pupils have participated in this project since its inception in 1997.
The pupils first watch an hour-long DVD on wildlife crime produced for PAW Scotland by Tayside Police and funded by the Scottish Government. Armed with this knowledge, the pupils then embark on their four projects, which for this year were:
- producing an autumn nature diary
- writing a short story, "A day in the life of a police wildlife crime officer"
- making a coloured drawing of a bird, animal, plant or insect found in the wild in Scotland
- completing, with adult help at home, a wildlife law quiz
One class, at Letham Primary School in Angus, took the initiative to inform the rest of the school that they should take an interest in wildlife and ensure that crime is not committed against it.
Their display in one of the school corridors speaks for itself.
Article provided by Tayside Police for PAW Scotland, 2011.
With a special thanks to the pupils of Letham Primary School, Angus.