Nevis Environmental delivers educational workshops as part of windfarm investor Greencoat UK community engagement

Having supported the renewables sector for almost two decades, Nevis understands the need to bring added value to a construction project, above and beyond ensuring that environmental compliance is managed.

 

Environmental Management is so much more than just ecology, and this is where Nevis continues to deliver.

 

Nevis were commissioned by the developers in 2015 to provide environmental support and implement the Habitat Management Plan (HMP) at Corrriegarth Windfarm during the first five years of operation. This included unspecified contribution to the Regional Golden Eagle Conservation Management Plan (RECMP) which was prepared by SSE for the neighbouring Dunmaglass Windfarm.

As part of the added value that Nevis Environmental brings to a project, we were delighted to liaise closely with SSE, The Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to identify in which way this could best be done.   

The RECMP is based on enhancing knowledge, conservation and understanding of the Golden Eagle in the Central Highlands Natural Heritage Zone (NHZ 10) and surrounding areas of Scotland. With the RECMP delivering largely on Golden Eagle research, Nevis were brought on board to deliver educational aspects of the RECMP, delivering workshops in schools within the Great Glen area as part of Greencoat’s community engagement work.

As a team of environmental experts, including first class Ornithologists with a wealth of Golden Eagle knowledge & survey experience, Nevis are well placed to be delivering education workshops to inspire young children to take an interest in Golden Eagles, as well as the wider habitat in which they live. The emphasis of the workshops was on leaving the children with images of and knowledge about one of our biggest birds of prey and feeding into the Planet Earth (Biodiversity and Interdependence) Theme within the Science Curriculum. Nevis also incorporated aspects of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative to promote these subject areas within schools, an area which is very close to the team’s hearts.

Delivered by our Principal Consultant Stephanie Kiel and Environmental Manager Jo Wells, the interactive workshops centred around:

·        Understanding of what a bird actually is

·        Discussing the Golden Eagle - how big is it, what does it eat, how much does it weigh, how do their calls sound?

·        What other birds of prey are in Scotland, how do you identify the Golden Eagle?

·        Where do Eagles live - analysing maps of the local area with real eagle flight lines,

·        How we gather this information- an understanding of GPS & satellites

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The workshops have already been a roaring success, with fantastic feedback from the schools we have visited so far – and more dates are in the diary for the new term ahead!

It was hard to tell who enjoyed themselves the most – the children, teachers or indeed the Nevis team. The testimonials speak for themselves:

“We are currently studying Environmental Tourism and have been paying a particular interest in native species within Scotland. Stephanie was an oracle of information and the pupils enjoyed asking lots of interesting questions. It has certainly helped pupils to understand the importance of native species and their habitat. It was also so much fun!!! Come back soon”
— Andrea Fitter – Farr Primary School
“The children were engaged and involved throughout and they loved all of the items and posters. We were studying endangered animals and in art drawing wild birds and this fit perfectly. The children loved seeing if an eagle had flown over their house and also made them interested in renewables, a topic we will look at next year!”
— Rachel Pinkerton – Foyers Primary School

If you would like to know more about how Nevis can bring added value to your renewables/construction project or would be interested in having the Nevis team deliver workshops in your school, then contact us today!

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