Schools Film Project

Making movies!

We've teamed up with film-makers Media Education to deliver a fantastic film-making project for primary schools.  The pupils discover all about invasive non-native species and then learn all about film making. They decide what their film is going to be about and then write their story-boards, produce their props and scripts and finally pick up their cameras and shoot their footage. 

You can read their film bio's and watch the movies below.  We'll be adding more films as they get produced - so check back!

Huge thanks to all our schools (and class teachers!) who put so much effort into making these movies - which will now help raise awareness about invasive species and their impacts. 

Introduction to Biosecurity - Bualnaluib Primary School

17 pupils from the P5-7 class from Bualnaluib primary school took part in the creation of this film.

The film features Bioboy and his friends - Cherry Check, Captain Clean and Daisy Dry. We hear all about biosecurity in Wester Ross and how to protect our natural environment.

The class also tells us all about invasive species including American crayfish, giant hogweed and killer shrimp. Pupils interview Conor, from Ewe Canoe, who explains how to clean kayaks and kit to stop the spread of invasive species.

Introduction to Giant Hogweed - Kellands Primary School

36 pupils from P7 classes in Kellands Primary School were involved in the creation of this film.

In the film the pupils tell the story of how the Victorians brought giant hogweed to Scotland, how it can spread and what we can do to prevent this. We hear all about the health risks to people and how sheep can be used to control it!

The film features Jane Lilley from the River Dee Trust and Karen from the River Deveron Trust / Scottish Invasive Species Initiative. Pupils also interview Colin, a beekeeper, who tells us about bees and hogweed.

The story of American Mink in Scotland  -  Scourie Primary School

All of the P2-P7 class from Scourie primary school took part in the creation of this film (all 11 of them!). 

Whilst learning about invasive non-native species the pupils were inspired by hearing the story about a single American mink found and trapped on the nearby wildlife reserve island of Handa.  They decided to find out more about mink and make their film about them.

In the film the class tell the story of how American mink established in Scotland, all about mink, the finding of the mink on Handa Island and the devastating impacts of mink on water voles.



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