The project is stepping up its engagement with local schools through a series of practical wildlife and crofting sessions on the machair and a planned interpretation of the machair through school arts programme and crofting connections.
The project has started to engage with local schools to highlight the biodiversity of the machair in relation to crofting management. Our work with the Liniclate Crofting course students this summer has involved practical sessions in the identification of wildlife looking at how crofting management such as, shallow ploughing and late harvesting supports these species. Further plans have started to initiate a creative interpretation of the machair working with local artists and the school’s art programme. All of our work with young people is considered an important element of promoting the role that young people has to play in the future of crofting and the rich machair habitat this system supports.