Monday, 1 November 2010

Nature bigs it up in Lochgilphead

Giant caterpillars and enormous snails will be on show in Lochgilphead town centre in November, the latest results of a nature project between local school pupils and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
The larger-than-life pictures of wildlife will be projected on to the side of a building in the town as part of the annual Lantern Procession on Saturday 6 November.
Taken by fourth year pupils from Lochgilphead High School, they show the wonderful wildlife found at Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve, an ancient peat bog that lies to the north of the town.
The outdoor projection is the latest step in a two year-long photography project with Lochgilphead High School, called Snapberry Take II. Based around nature reserves in mid Argyll, the project finds novel ways to put young people in touch with nature. In mid September an exhibition of their photographs in the Archway Gallery in Lochgilphead raised almost £1000 for the Red Cross Pakistan Appeal.
Snapberry Take II is run by Caroline Anderson from SNH, with hands-on help and advice from SNH photographer Lorne Gill.
Caroline said: “The teenagers have really captured the essence of Moine Mhor – their pictures are stunning. But seeing them projected on to a building 30 foot high gives them real impact! We hope people will enjoy seeing them and that it will inspire them to go and visit Argyll’s nature reserves – they are great places to discover the wildlife on your doorstep.”
The outdoor projection will be shown on Colchester Square in Lochgilphead from 5.30pm on Saturday 6 November. For more information on nature reserves in Argyll and other parts of Scotland, go to:

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