Sunday, 11 May 2014

Shetland Wildlife Explorers at Old Scatness

Today was the monthly meeting of the Shetland RSPB Wildlife Explorers group. The venue this time was Old Scatness with it's archaeological remains and reconstructions of wheelhouses.

It was a lovely day...


First up was a chat with Shetland Amenity Trust archaeologist Val Turner in the visitor centre with a chance to try on some clothing of old and look at some artifacts...




Out on the site Val gave the groups of kids some fake poo to dissect to find out what the inhabitants might have been eating. It actually looked quite tasty like a nice black pudding!



There was a chance to grind some grain...


Use an old style drill...


And collect some mint to make some mint tea over the peat fire in one of the wheel houses...


In side the building was pretty smokey with the peat fire and people in and out, but there were a couple of comfy sheep skin covered benches to relax on.




There was a chance to make a basic bread to cook on sticks on the fire, though the fire wasn't too hot and there was more dough dropped in the fire than in the mouth.




Mint tea brewing as bread sticks bake...



To finish of the morning the kids had a game of some skittle type game, though the 'playing field needed reducing in size if they were to have any chance of knocking the blocks over!


The kids all seemed to have a fun time so many thanks to Helen, Mary and Val for a great morning. Luckily it's only 2 weeks until the next meeting as a trip to investigate The Burn of Twa Roes at Collar Firth has been offered by a group member. Hope the weather is just as good!

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