On 4th and 5th May, Sabrina Taseer, Projects and Development Manager from P1 Marine Foundation and Lara Johnston, Event Operations Manager from Powerboat P1 successfully delivered the ‘Discovering the River Clyde’ programme to two schools in the Greenock area which focused on local wildlife, commercial uses of the Clyde and the upcoming P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. The programme directly reached over 180 students from St Marys Primary and Ardgowan Primary who were 8 to 10 years of age.
P1 Marine Foundation and Powerboat P1 worked together to raise awareness amongst local children on the importance of the River Clyde by staging the schools programme in the Inverclyde area known as ‘Discovering the River Clyde’.
The entire length of the Clyde flowing through Glasgow and Clydebank has been identified as an important wildlife corridor (IWC) to allow natural basking shark movement and dispersal of wildlife. Inner Clyde is designated as a Special Protected Area, being a wintering location for redshanks and wading birds.
Powerboat P1 staged a race event on 18th/19th June at Greenock in Scotland, with P1 Marine Foundation’s focus on educating young people about the marine and coastal environment, the organisations invited local schools to take part in a new programme to inspire students to protect the River Clyde and its wildlife.
The main activity of the programme was inviting students to create a poster to highlight their favourite aspect of the River Clyde, with the best posters exhibited on the weekend of the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.
Another aspect of the programme was to work with Education Scotland to highlight citizen science activities such as iRecord, and encourage students to contribute to conserving their local environment by sharing their wildlife sightings on iRecord.
The programme received a positive response from the head mistresses and teachers as well as great feedback from the students who enjoyed watching the race footage and discussing the wildlife in their local area. They were very knowledgeable about environmental issues and were excited to attend the event in June.