Caring for the environment is a key part of Arran Outdoor Education Centre’s ethos, and aspects of this are built into every activity that we do.
However, we also run activities with a focus on conservation. Usually, this is part of the John Muir Award that we run on many of our week-long courses.
Working with organisations
We also use this as an opportunity to work with local conservation organisations, including:
The conservation activities include:
- beach cleans
- wildlife surveys
- native tree planting
- removing invasive non-native species such as rhododendron ponticum or Norwegian and non-native spruce trees
The list of activities is expanding each year as new island-wide conservation projects become available.
All conservation activities involve getting stuck in – and usually muddy! We use various tools, from loppers and saws to spades and trowels.
The instructors will make sure all participants understand:
- how to use and carry tools responsibly
- the context of what they are doing and how it will help the natural environment