Schools go Galapagos

Wildlife artist Robert Fuller
Wildlife artist Robert Fuller

Pupils from four East Riding schools will be the first in the country to try out a new teaching resource on the unique wildlife of The Galapagos Islands.

Children from Bishop Wilton, Newbald, and Warter primary schools and Woldgate College will take part in a workshop this week (June 26th & 27th) run by conservation experts from the London-based Galapagos Conservation Trust and organised by wildlife artist and former Woldgate College pupil Robert Fuller.

The workshops are designed to teach students about the creatures that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and include photographs and video of waved albatross and blue footed boobies taken by Mr Fuller during a fact-finding tour commissioned by the Trust in May.

Mr Fuller said: “I’m delighted to be able to provide the Galapagos Conservation Trust with footage of the way in which these unique species interact.

“It is so important that children learn about how conservationists are supporting the wildlife of this very special region and about the importance of its continued survival.”

The school workshops, which involve activities and games to demonstrate how species adapt and how food chains work, take place on Thursday June 26th and Friday June 27th.

They precede a new teaching resource due to be launched later this year. The international bilingual website, aims to provide a comprehensive resource for use by teachers, students and the general public.

Entitled Discovering Galapagos, it will be launched to teachers around the world at an official ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society London headquarters in October.

There will be an opportunity to see the video footage and photographs gathered by Robert Fuller in the Galapagos Islands at his current art exhibition which runs at his gallery in Thixendale until July 13th.