It was a relief to return to outdoor learning with the schools as they resumed for the 2020/21 academic year back in August. Since then we’ve been busy with Achiltibuie Primary School and Lochinver Primary School every week.

Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been getting up to:

Explorations up hills…

Up the hill we go © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin

… into the woods…

Entering culag woods © Scottish Wildlife Trust/ Katrina Martin

… and by the sea.

Chalk drawing at the beach © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin

Building dens. Large ones…

Before and after of Building the Tower of Culag Woods © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin

… and smaller ones for woodland animals…


… as well as building towers.

Tower building in Achiltibuie © Scottish Wildlife Trust/ Katrina Martin


Learning about local wildlife:

Comparing badger and otter skulls © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin
Dissecting barn owl pellets © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin
Creating and labelling animal skeletons © Scottish Wildlife Trust/ Katrina Martin  

Using our senses to explore the great outdoors

Sound mapping and engaging our tactile sense of touch © Scottish Wildlife Trust/ Katrina Martin

Learning fire safety…

Discussing the fire triangle and fire safety © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin

… and putting the learning into practice on the sea shore.

Skimming stones, creating fire and toasting marshmallows © Scottish Wildlife Trust/ Katrina Martin

Not forgetting some spooky story-telling in the wood for Halloween

Sharing spooky stories © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin

All of this equates to a dynamic learning experience (for the adults as well as the young ones!). It’s an absolute pleasure to deliver this work and experience all these moments and more with the local young people of Coigach & Assynt.

Anyway, time to get back to session planning…

A moment to chill and enjoy being outside © Scottish Wildlife Trust/Katrina Martin

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape

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