We will clean them on the beaches

The pupils of Dunnottar primary school being taught about marine life
The pupils of Dunnottar primary school being taught about marine life

Pupils at a Stonehaven school heard about the dangers of leaving litter at the beach and the responsibilty we all have to protect marine life.

Primary four children from Dunnottar Primary School attended a talk by Graham Humphries, UK coordinator for Kimo, an international environmental group that encourages clean seas.

Mr Humphries was joined by UK chairman Raymond Christie, who is also councillor for Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, as well as head teacher Lisa Williams.

Mr Humphries’ talk was interactive and encouraged the children to think about the damage littering could do to sea life; glass can take a million years to break down in the sea.

He proposed the Pick up Three Pieces Project: when anyone visits a beach they take home three pieces of rubbish they find home with them to safely dispose of.

“If everyone in a coastal community in Scotland did it once a month, an incredible 55 million pieces of litter would be removed every year,” Mr Humphries said.

The lesson was delivered with the help of ‘Freddie the Fulmar’ - a giant stuffed toy bird.

Animated videos were shown to the pupils telling the dangers of rubbish in sea, in particular plastic bags that turtles can mistake for jellyfish and try to eat.

And to add to the interactive nature of the talk - children were encouraged to ask questions - was a game where two pairs of children had to pretend to be parent gulls and fetch food; with a caveat that they were, unbeknownst to them, collecting plastic for their ‘baby gulls’.

The day formed part of a ‘tour’ of similar talks around coastal towns. One had already taken place in Ellon’s Slains Primary School.