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Cumbernauld High School welcomes new feathered friends

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 23:05 GMT on Monday, June 10th, 2013.

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Oystercatchers; Cumbernauld high's latest additions. Picture is copyright of RSPB. 

CUMBERNAULD high school has been welcoming the special arrival of three new members to their school community.

A few months ago a pair of Oystercatchers took up residence within the school's eco garden and two weeks ago seen three healthy baby chicks burst out their cozy eggs and blink their way into the world.

The focal point of the garden is a slate sign spelling the word "ECO" and the birds nested within the centre of the letter "O".

Ruth Wiggins, Geography teacher at CHS, said that the project came from a desire by school pupils to become “eco-elective”.

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Ruth said: "Pupils in S1 can choose to spend time working in the garden as part of an eco-elective and those who do are working towards their John Muir Awards.

"Two of them, Amy Keyes and Michael Todd, wrote to the Prince of Wales to inform him of the news. The Prince wrote back congratulating everyone associated saying; the eco garden must be an amazing place otherwise I am sure the birds would have nested elsewhere."

Michael Todd, S1, said: "We are so happy that the birds laid their eggs at the eco garden.  We sent a letter to the Prince of Wales to tell him and we even got a reply, it was amazing!"

Ruth Wiggins continued: "I am so proud of all the pupils that have worked in the eco garden; we were unbelievably excited when the oystercatchers came and laid the eggs.  Our pupils have been captivated; spending time looking out for the birds and making posters to inform people to be careful around the area.

"The eggs were there for 30 days and we now have three gorgeous chicks.  It is amazing to see the pupils so enthused by the wildlife in our own garden. The letter from Prince Charles was the icing on the cake there was a real buzz about it. The whole project has been very exciting."

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