Pupils from two schools in the Falkirk area who picked up accolades at recent Scottish biodiversity awards are flying high.
Youngsters at Larbert High took top prize in the youth and education section at the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.
They were recognised for their unique project which transformed a neglected site at Carron Dams and the Lade, close to the school, turning it into a wildlife haven.
Pupils at Slamannan Primary were also nominated in the same category for their Bean Geese project and, although they didn’t win the top prize, they impressed the judges so much they were given a highly commended honour.
The commitment and hard work of students and staff at Larbert High to secure the future of the site for nature and wildlife was highlighted. In partnership with residents, community groups, including Communities Along the Carron and Larbert and Stenhousemuir Environmental Response, and Falkirk Council they set up systems to look after the area for years to come.
John Martinadale, Larbert High’s head of humanities, said: “The staff and pupils are extremely honoured to have won this award. To attend the event in Edinburgh with so many passionate devotees of the environmental cause was inspiring and heartening.
“We were blown away to actually win the award, being in a category with so many worthwhile nominees, including Slamannan Primary.
“We would just say, if you have the passion to help conserve and enhance the natural world, wherever you are, there are a host of like-minded people and organisations willing to help. Build contacts and go for it.”