From Syria to Loch Leven

Ranger Joanna welcomed 29 young Syrians to Loch Leven National Nature Reserve on Sunday with Neil Mitchell from Scottish Natural Heritage and Anna Jennet from RSPB for a day of nature activities.

The day was organised by Backbone which aims to excite communities of all backgrounds and abilities to own and benefit from engagement with nature. We discussed the wildlife found around Loch Leven and discovered that otter translates as ‘water dog’ in Arabic.

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Joanna lead the group on a game of nature bingo looking out for oak, rowan trees, conkers and a birds nest. The prize of a large box of shortbread went down exceptionally well! Other activities included pond dipping and bird watching.

The group was very interested in Scottish wildlife and it was fascinating to learn about similar types of trees found back home. The day was rounded off with a game of football in the sun in Kirkgate Park before heading back to Edinburgh.

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We can’t wait to work with Backbone again in the near future exploring more of our Greenspaces in Perth and Kinross.