Edinburgh's Living Laboratory

Part of a project which won almost £40,000 funding from NERC last year has turned Edinburgh's coastline into a Living Laboratory, with pupils making a short report for Newsround.

The project, being led by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE) Urban Biodiversity Project Officer, Leonie Alexander, over it's lifetime will promote awareness of coastal climate change, risks in urban coastal areas and naturalisation of sea defences as part of Edinburgh’s Living Landscape partnership.

The education strand of the project has worked with primary and secondary schools in North Edinburgh to explore coastal biodiversity combining art, ecology, engineering and biogeomorphology – interplay between nature and rocks. Leonie, who is the Principal Investigator, explained: “The pupils have had chance to get down on the beach, learn about coastal wildlife and processes and have used this knowledge to design and make structures from concrete on the beach with Artecology, making a film about the work as they did it. 

The film is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/39403367