I have recently had the opportunity to work with pupils from our local school who are working towards their John Muir Award
The group have taken part in activities from kayaking, to rock climbing and they are now entering the conservation phase of their Award.
To aid this I took the group to the Knock in Crieff to carry out some bracken bashing and heathland management. During the day the group learned that it was important to control the bracken on the Knock as it shrouds out new tree growth and also prevents ground flora. On their second visit they learned about the heathland – a priority habitat for biodiversity as there is so little left in the United Kingdom.
Both days included ‘citizen science’ to measure the air quality of the site which was then fed in to a national recording scheme through the Open Air Laboratories (https://www.opalexplorenature.org/surveys).
If you have a group who are carrying out the John Muir Award and are looking for some support please contact your local Greenspace Ranger