PUPILS at Bridge of Allan Primary School have signed up to help the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) capture rainfall data and are encouraging other people across the country to join them.

SEPA is looking for volunteer rainfall observers to collect data daily at around 9am and submit the information online.

There are currently 134 rainfall observers across Scotland who play an important part in collecting the valuable data.

Lyndsay Macnair, headteacher at Bridge of Allan Primary School, said: “We are delighted to be supporting SEPA with this project.

“It is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to develop skills in STEM whilst supporting SEPA.

“Primary 6 are looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

The information helps SEPA and the Met Office capture Scotland’s complex rainfall patterns.

This data then helps SEPA make informed decisions on water management, flood risk management, long term climate research as well as informing industry, agriculture and infrastructure development.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People, cllr Susan McGill, said: “It’s fantastic that our children and young people at Bridge of Allan Primary School are participating in this important project with SEPA.

“Not only will it help pupils develop key skills for the future, they will have the opportunity to learn about protecting and improving their local environment.”

For further information on how to become a rainfall observer click here.