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Are you a teacher?

Please feel free to use our online self-led resources to inspire your pupils in class projects and topics. All learning is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Throughout the project, our Education Officer can also offer lessons and assemblies anywhere in Orkney to help your pupils learn more about Orkney’s native wildlife and the threat of invasive non-native species, such as the stoat.

If you would like to talk to us about coming to your school soon, please contact us.

“The children have experienced a rich learning opportunity. They talk about their knowledge for a long time after the class visit. I also come away feeling a greater sense of appreciation for where I live and inspired to do more of this type of work in my teaching. Thank you!”

P6/7 Teacher, Glaitness Primary

Are you a young person with a passion for wildlife? Young adults between 16-30 with a passion for nature and willingness to learn are welcome to join the Orkney wildlife youth forum to protect and promote Orkney’s wonderful wildlife. This is an exciting opportunity for young people to make a real difference to the world around them.

All activities are decided by the group and include the chance to take part in practical conservation action such as wildlife surveying and stoat monitoring. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience with the world’s largest invasive species eradication project in a populated place.

The wildlife forum on a recent field day with Whale and Dolphin Conservation Shorewatch

What’s in it for you?

  • Training and experience for a career in conservation
  • A chance to meet other young people with similar interests
  • Working in the community to make a real difference to Orkney’s incredible native wildlife.
  • Promoting Orkney to the world

What the forum needs:

  • Anyone with a passion to speak up and act for wildlife
  • Willingness to learn and develop their skills
  • Interested in attending events, workshops and meetings
  • Confident in sharing creative ideas.

Find out more and how to apply

There are all kinds of roles available to suit all interests. If you are aged between 16-30 please contact us for more information or apply directly here.

Orkney schools celebrate nature in creative writing competition

In 2021 Orkney Native Wildlife Project (ONWP), in partnership with Orkney International Science Festival and Raising Awareness in Science Education (RAiSE), organised a school creative-writing competition inspired by our wonderful native wildlife. Orkney school children were challenged to dive into their ancestor’s language, dig up some forgotten words and celebrate their natural heritage using the Orcadian dialect. The judges had a tough job as the standard was so very high. Here are the winners with links to their work and some photos of the prize giving.

Best Group category: For groups of four or more or a whole class. Boys and girls at Papdale School Class P2/3S for a lovely short story called ‘The Peedie Partan’s Misanter’.

Joint Best Individual Overall: Gracie Train (P7) North Walls Community School for her poem ‘Ringed Plover’.

Joint Best Individual Overall: Erika Bews (P7) Shapinsay School for her poem ‘Oot Me Window I Saa.

Best Orkney School: North Walls Community School for the high quality of all their entries and their creative ideas.

Special Recognition Award: Jessica Rendall Papdale School class P4M for her short story ‘The Vole Travellers’.

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