Now we had learned all about Slamannan’s special Beangeese and how they came to Slamannan for the lovely food we provide up at the plateau from October to February. Next we wanted to find out how our geese looked different to other types of geese so we visited the RSPB’s nature reserve at Vane Farm. There were a lot of different types of geese
By December we were starting to become quite knowledgeable about Beangeese and what it looked like. However we found out that not many others at home knew what the beangeese looked like. Once again, we worked with Artist Andrew to make relief drawings of beangeese with rollers and ink. We chose our favourites to make into Christmas Cards. Our friends and family bought these cards just in time for Christmas. If you would like to buy a card, let us know because we have some left.
Artist Andrew showed us how to look carefully at the different parts of the beangoose – the legs, the body, the neck, the beak and the head as well as the tones of the feathers. That helped us to think about how we would draw it.
In 2010 Primary 3 and Primary 4, at Slamannan Primary School, Mrs Bell and Mrs McNaughton learned about a natural phenomenon which takes place every year not far from the school. Neither the pupils nor the teachers knew that this phenomenon happened!
In October every year, Beangeese fly over from Scandinavia to Slamannan’s Plateau to graze for the winter. In February they fly off again to sunnier climes.
Slamannan is one of the very few places in the whole of the British Isles where this happens.