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New educational resources launched by Bennachie group

By Kyle Ritchie

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A conservation group for one of Aberdeenshire's most recognisable landmarks has launched an educational programme for the autumn and winter months.

Following on from the success of the summer scheme, the Bailies of Bennachie have new resources.

Presented by fun character and friendly giant Jock O'Bennachie he is ready for the change of season with a new batch of learning materials.

This follows the pattern of bringing together the best of information on the internet with local story-telling, fun activities and Jock’s jokes.

The resources use Bennachie as an inspiration for families to go outdoors and explore the natural world.

Wildlife features in the educational resources.
Wildlife features in the educational resources.

Activities for the season include making an owl from acorns, crafts from conkers and doing a leaf hunt.

The new programme follows the themes of birds, things that grow, and mini beasts and pollinators. It looks at the response to these groups of the changing seasons.

It answers questions such as what do honey bees do over winter? How does bumble bees differ from wasps? Which birds fly south and which ones arrive here? It looks too at what happens to trees in autumn and asks why leaves fall.

The Bailies learning officer, Margaret Garden, said: “2020 has seen families using online resources more and also a new appreciation and interest in the outdoor world.

"We have had a great response to the fun summer programme and I am delighted that we are expanding it with new material for autumn and winter.

"Hopefully these resources will encourage families to wrap up warm and head outside to explore the wonderful natural world around us.”

The resources can be accessed at www.juniorbailies.org.uk

They are aimed at families of primary age children but can enjoyed by any age.

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