All the experiences of the previous week were absorbed into creating an engaging Shetland roadshow...best described in a letter to participating schools from the roadshow organisers in Shetland, Jan and Pete Bevington of Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary....see Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary online with website, facebook and twitter pages...they are doing brilliant work in Shetland protecting wildlife
Thank you so much for hosting the Shetland Marine Wildlife Roadshow with Andy Peters from The Whale Workshop last week. Andy managed to perform his hour long educational show about sea creatures and the danger they face from plastic pollution in front of 1,258 school students aged from P1 to S4 from 18 schools the length and breadth of the isles.
The show included an introduction to cetaceans, seals, turtles and sharks, featuring his incredible collection of life-like and life-size inflatable marine animals. Students and teachers alike learned about how to identify them, how they breathe, what they eat, and the threats they face from human activity.
The show engaged the audience with an activity to demonstrate how echo location works in whales and dolphins, and a litter picking challenge, which brought out the competitive side in everyone who took part (and the audience too!).
We hope that everyone who came along took home the message about the importance of cleaning up beaches more than once a year during Da Voar Redd Up, as plastic does not just stay on the land waiting to be collected, but washes back out to sea where it can kill fish, sea mammals and birds indiscriminately.
The 5 days of school roadshow was followed by a weekend of public shows, allowing parents to see for themselves the roadshow that so enthralled their children during the school week. Feedback was 100% positive, and schools are taking onboard ideas suggested during the roadshow to be proactive and start adopting local beaches, initiate change in attitude towards single-use plastic usage, have plastic pledge days, and lots more initiatives....the schools really have a huge part to play in shaping attitude and stimulating public awareness, and the roadshow obviously opened many eyes to the threat that plastic pollution poses to wildlife and the environment. Job done !
Some feedback comments from teachers : -
“I really enjoyed it.”
The facts were really good.”
“It was interesting.”
“The models were cool.”
“It was exciting, amazing and it was just wow!”
“A fantastic delivery which really engaged all the audience of all ages. Getting Andy up to Shetland was a really good move.”
A big thanks you to Jan and Pete Bevington of Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary who made the Roadshow happen, to the sponsors who contributed various sums of money to pay for everything, especially to major funder Sea-changers and to Northlink Ferries who provided free return passage for roadshow car and myself. Also to the people of Shetland who engaged so willingly with the important messages about protecting the environment and its precious wildlife....without which our lives would be immeasurably less interesting and enjoyable. Shetland's marine wildlife could well be a huge part of its future economy and it all needs to be safeguarded !.
see https://twitter.com/wildathillswick?lang=en-gb also https://www.hillswickwildlifesanctuary.org/ and https://en-gb.facebook.com/HillswickWildlifeSanctuary/ for lots of reportage and pictures of the roadshow and to see all the other ongoing related Marine Wildlife stories and events..some of the twitter feeds are
https://twitter.com/wildathillswick/status/1126353830113890305 for roadshow at Aith
https://twitter.com/wildathillswick/status/1126353053542748161 for great litter pick challenge at Aith High School
https://twitter.com/wildathillswick/status/1126725585420439552 for Unst and Yell Roadshows
https://twitter.com/wildathillswick/status/1126726173562511362 for Northern Isles Postman's 2 minute litter pick
https://twitter.com/wildathillswick/status/1126728189982662658 for video of teachers doing a great litter pick challange at Mid Yell Roadshow
https://twitter.com/wildathillswick/status/1127561684544053248 for public roadshow at Hillswick and brilliantly fast litter pick
https://twitter.com/wildathillswick/status/1127524630988840961 for more on public roadshow at Hillswick
see also some other media reportage of the Shetland Roadshow at
and there are lots more if you do an online search for Shetland Marine Wildlife Roadshow
see https://www.sea-changers.org.uk/ whose large grant gave the impetus that the roadshow needed to become viable
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