In mid January the P4 / 5 classes at each of the schools received a1 hour session learning about the life cycle of Brown trout and Salmon. The session also covered habitat requirements, predation, pollution and bio- diversity. There was no doubt that the students were enthusiastic about the imminent arrival of their new class mates, a sea of hands accompanied every question and there were lots of interesting stories about various interactions with pets and other wild things. I think the two questions that will stick in my memory most are “will all the European otters have to leave when Theresa May gets Brexit?” and “what happens if the lady fish is flirting?” At the end of the learning sessions the tanks were set up and left with the classes to work out a strategy for keeping the water cold.
On the 29th January we took delivery of 5000 eggs they were counted into batches of 200 ready for distribution to 14 schools spread across the Forth river catchment over the following two days.
Delivery day and the classes were buzzing with lots of excited kids and some slightly nervous teachers. Most had done really well at getting the temperatures down, others needed a few pointers.
So now we are a few weeks on, all of the eggs have hatched but there are differences between the schools in terms of fish development. The midterm break caused a few problems with the ability to keep the water cold. In the schools where the water was kept cold the fish are still at the Alvin stage, in others where this was not possible we have fry in the tanks that will need a supplement of finely ground trout pellets until they are released into the rivers.