Wildlife project for secondary schools

This Friday is the deadline for Donegal secondary schools interested in taking part in a special wildlife project.

This Friday is the deadline for Donegal secondary schools interested in taking part in a special wildlife project.

The County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum in association with the Donegal Education Centre are seeking two secondary schools to participate in a wildlife initiative in County Donegal.

The aims of the ‘Heritage & Habitat in Your Community’ initiative are to raise awareness and appreciation of flora and fauna habitats and to provide targeted training on the identification and surveying of habitats and species for students and their teachers.

“This is an exciting opportunity for secondary school students and their teachers in two schools in County Donegal to work with heritage professionals in the classroom on the theme of wildlife,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “The project will help to introduce students to wildlife identification and habitat classification and to see how it fits into the secondary-school curriculum. Students will be given training in habitat surveying and mapping in the field and their teachers will work with the heritage professional appointed. Although there will be only two secondary schools participating in the project, it is hoped to make guidance notes available to all secondary schools in County Donegal at the end of the project through the Donegal Education Centre.” The ‘Heritage & Habitat in Your Community’ initiative is funded by Donegal County Council and The Heritage Council as part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan.

The ‘Heritage & Habitat in Your Community’ project will see the cooperation between a geography or science teacher in the two schools selected and the wildlife specialist appointed. The students will participate in tailored training and fieldwork in habitat mapping. The project will take place in the secondary schools selected in September and October. If your secondary school is interested in participating in this initiative, further details and an expression of interest form are available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council and the Donegal Education Centre or on the County Donegal Heritage Office website at www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage The deadline for the receipt of expressions of interest is Friday, June 7.