‘Scotland’s landscape has taken over three thousand million years to become what we see today.’
Scottish Environments is the newest title in the Scottie series of activity books for young readers. As well as 40 full-colour pages of words and pictures, each book also has an eight-page black and white section of activities for home or classroom use, lists of websites and places to visit.
Topics covered are:
Scotland’s environment / Climate change / Renewable energy / Your carbon footprint / Scotland – a land of contrasts / Rocks and landscapes / A landscape before people/ Moorlands / The ‘Flow country’ / Lochs and rivers / Coasts and seascapes / Islands of Scotland / Machair / Industrial landscapes / Making a living in the countryside / Flora … and fauna / Enjoying the countryside / Protecting the countryside
The activities for children include experiments to show the effects of acid rain on plants and a clean water test.
Alan McKirdy was formerly Head of Advisory Services for Earth Sciences, Scottish Natural Heritage; Moira McKirdy was formerly a primary school teacher. They are also the authors of Scottish Rocks and Fossils in the Scotties series; see the National Museum of Scotland website for the other titles in this series.
Emily Dodd: ‘My stories come from a combination of inspiration from nature and things I’m learning.’