Skye pool to be transformed

A public swimming pool transformed into a giant frog pond! Might sound like a massive leap of the imagination but that’s what is about to happen on Skye.

On Saturday 25 June, for just one day, the popular Fingal Centre pool in Portree is going to be taking on a whole new look. For Froglife Scotland, a charity dedicated to conserving reptiles and amphibians across the country, is bringing its water based, interactive educational activities to the island.

Youngsters, up to the age of 12 years, can take part in the event which will see the public swim facility turned into an outsized pond complete with frog, tadpole and lilypad floats.

The Dragon Finder initiative coming to Skye is Froglife’s flagship project and brings together practical conservation, surveying, data collection and interactive educational activities.

A spokesperson said: “Children have the chance to learn about life in a pond from a frog’s-eye view as they take part in our activities for the day including our newt relay, frog life-cycle race and tadpole treasure hunt!

“These fun educational swimming sessions not only teach children about the lifecycle and habitat of frogs, newts and snakes, but also build up children’s’ water confidence, and help them to learn essential swimming skills.

"They can have great fun learning about the lifecycle of frogs from how they react to different weather conditions, the tadpole relay race from spawn to froglet and avoiding being caught by a grass snake.”

Two session are planned from 10.30am-12pm it will be for 7-9 year olds with 10-12 year olds catered for between 1pm-2.30pm. Booking is essential and those wishing to take part should Contact Froglife’s James Stead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07972 593603.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and able to swim 25m unaided and be comfortable swimming under water.