Posted: Mon 21st Oct 2013

Airbus’ Discover Wildlife project delivers biodiversity to local schools

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 21st, 2013

Pupils plant trees and make bird boxes as part of environment awareness scheme ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Andy Pritchard, Bradley Pollitt with pupils Nel and William at Ysgol Glanrafon School

Airbus engineers have brought environmental knowledge gained from a biodiversity expedition to India to the classrooms of North Wales as they help children understand nature and wildlife and how they can contribute to a green future. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Andy Pritchard and Bradley Pollitt visited India in 2012 to explore biodiversity conservation and on their return worked with North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT) to develop the Airbus Discover Wildlife Project. The project’s aims include combining the environmental discoveries from the India expedition with the local expertise of the NWWT to introduce children to biodiversity conservation. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Andy said, ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It’s great to interact with local schools and share our experience with the children, it’s especially good to see their enthusiasm as they learn about wildlife and how we should treat the environment. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

 “Airbus is dedicated to improving the environment both locally and globally, we were pleased to spread the message to the potential engineers of tomorrow by making regular visits to schools as part of the project.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Andy and Bradley were joined by Iwan Edwards of NWWT at Ysgol Glanrafon, Mold, where more than 40 pupils from Years 4 and 5 were shown the benefits of environmental conservation and enjoyed learning how to build bird boxes for their school and plant trees from acorns. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Iwan also commented on the enthusiasm the children towards the project, saying, “It is important for the children to learn about wildlife and nature conservation and to see them getting enthusiastic about it and enjoying the day is brilliant.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Airbus Corporate Foundation is committed to create awareness of environment issues in local communities around Airbus sites. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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