YOUNG activists are getting ready for a trip to the Highlands to learn about nature and wildlife.

The group, from Sunnyside Primary in Craigend, have been raising funds for a whale and dolphin rescue team in Ullapool and will be going to visit this week. 

The kids, known as the Ocean Defenders, have also been working with Ullapool primary school kids to protect local red squirrels, and have been trying o tackle marine plastic litter.

Supported by the Ullapool Harbour, St Martin’s Lodge and building firm Metalast, the 10 children will be learning about geology, archaeology, nature and wildlife in the north west of Scotland and will take a cruise to the Summer Islands. 

They plan to visit Silurian - the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s research vessel - which is currently acting as a floating classroom for local kids, to help them learn about marine life.

Finally the group are hoping they will get the chance to meet one of their heroes, wildlife photgrpaher Charlie Phillips, who has been phtographing dolphins in the area. 

In spring, children from Ullapool primary will be coming to Glasgow to visit local bars and restaurants, presenting them with environmentally friendly non-plastic straws.