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Dragon Finder

Scotland

Dragons on the Move

Dragons on the Move was Froglife’s travelling roadshow which offered people across Scotland a chance to experience nature and the outdoors. Roadshows took place in a variety of venues from community-owned forests, nature reserves, museums and swimming pools!Loch of the Lowes April14 (1)

Froglife hosted both outdoor events (where attendees got involved in pond-dipping and reptile rummages) and indoor events (including amphibian craft exercises and Dragon Finder activities). In addition to these, Froglife hosted ‘Swimming with Dragons’ events in local swimming pools – allowing families to interactively learn about the diversity of life in ponds in a fun environment!

Froglife hosted over 70 Dragons on the Move events in total across Scotland with some of these events taking place at sites where the project has created / restored habitat. These days were accessible for all and engaged as wide an audience as possible. These days enthused people young and old to learn more about amphibians and reptiles and have fun in the process too! Froglife worked alongside a range of local organisations and charities to deliver innovative and engaging Dragons on the Move sessions.

 

Final year:

The Scottish Dragon Finder team were been busy since spring of 2017 delivering the final year of our Dragons on the Move events – families and local people have enjoyed learning about our species, pond dipping and taking part in our Dragon Trail whilst we also had a special event at Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh where we sat on a gardeners question time panel and ran wildlife gardening workshops.

We’ve also ran events in 2017 at:

  • Dumfries Environment Fair
  • Glasgow Vet Rodeo
  • RSPB’s Barons Haugh and Lochwinnoch reserves
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Glasgow Botanics Gardens
  • Tay View Community Garden
  • Pollok Park
  • Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre

Our Dragons on the Move events have finished now, we’ve had some fantastic experiences bringing our stall to various locations across Scotland.  If you missed us why not check out our video series below showing you how to re-create many of the crafts we have run at our events over the last few years.

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Pebble crafts at the Froglife stall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you missed our events you can still try out some of our crafts below!

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Year 3:

In 2016 Froglife had a great day out at the University of Glasgow Vet Rodeo and hosted a Save the Frogs Day in April at the Highland Wildlife Park. Visiting children had a fantastic time learning about endangered frogs in the world and painted their own frog models to take home!

We’ve also been lucky enough to visit the following areas to deliver a range of activities from pond-dipping, to our Dragon Trail and a host of crafts and activities so children and adults alike can learn about reptiles and amphibians:

  • St. Maurice’s Pond, North Lanarkshire
  • Forsinard, Highland
  • Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, Stirlingshire
  • Balloch Wood, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Shewalton Wood, Ayrshire
  • Pollok Country Park, Glasgow City
  • Blairadam, Fife
  • Drumdreel Wood, Fife
  • Boden Boo, Renfrewshire
  • Paxton House, Scottish Borders
  • Falkland Centre for Stewardship, Fife

Children in Portree, Isle of Skye were also invited to come along to our Swimming with Dragons session this year which they really enjoyed! Children experienced life in a pond from the perspective of a tadpole and a newt in a swimming pool transformed into a pond setting – involving activities including the newt challenge and the frog lifecycle relay race!

 

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Painting frogs on Save the Frogs Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discovering pond beasts at Balloch Wood

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Children at Blairadam creating pebble frogs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating a frog lifecycle at Boden Boo

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Froglife stall and pond dipping at Paxton House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Years 1 and 2:

Froglife was very busy with their Dragons on the Move sessions in their first years! We were all over Scotland delivering 42 indoor and outdoor sessions in 18 councils areas, engaging almost 4,000 people.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Talk and information stall for Scottish Environment Week at Scottish Parliament, City of Edinburgh
  • Pond dipping and crafts at Loch of the Lowes, Perth and Kinross
  • Reptile walk and crafts at the Seadrift Centre in Caithness, Highlands
  • Pond dipping and wildlife walks with local schools and the public at Corry Meadows cottages on the Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute
  • We attended the Highland Games in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull doing crafts with children and talking about amphibians and reptiles found on the island
  • Swimming with Dragons pool sessions at leisure centres in Elgin, Moray and Grantown-on-Spey, Highlands

These are just some of the events Froglife have undertaken during the project. At all of which Froglife has provided information on reptiles and amphibians and advice on how local people can get involved in reptile and amphibian conservation to help these species in their local area.

 

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Crafts at Devilla Forest, Fife

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Pond dipping at Talesin Community Wood, Dumfries and Galloway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Common Lizard and Slow-Worm found at the Highland Games, Isle of Mull

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Making head-dresses at Balmacara Estate, Highlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Smith MSP, our Toad Species Champion, at Scottish Environment Week, Scottish Parliament

Drew Smith MSP, our Toad Species Champion, at Scottish Environment Week, Scottish Parliament

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Information stall at Palacerigg Country Park, North Lanarkshire