In 2017/18, the River Forth Fisheries Trust is delivering its ‘Fish in the classroom’ project to 11 schools across the Forth catchment. Four of these schools fall within the Almond and Avon catchments. Today, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary in Polbeth completed their fish in the classroom project by releasing their trout into the Harwood water.
The class were given their trout eggs in January and have been looking after them by monitoring and regulating the water temperature in their tank. They have also completed a workbook in class and are now experts on trout and the river environment. Today’s session involved releasing the trout fry and examining a kick-sample full of cased caddisfly larvae, flat-bodied mayfly larvae, stonefly larvae, bullhead and much more.
We hope that this project will inspire young river enthusiasts to take an active role in caring for their local river in the future.