As part of a community project co-ordinated by the RSC, and funded by the Ernest Cook Trust, pupils across three Sheffield Primary schools took part in diligently rearing the fish from eggs to fingerlings; including feeding them daily and monitoring the water conditions (pH/ammonia/temperature) of their aquariums. In March 2016 pupils from each school released their brown trout in to the River Don and Porter Brook.
The Brown Trout project establishes links between the classroom and the environment by providing schools in inner city areas of Sheffield with brown trout eggs which they then rear and release into the River Don and Porter Brook. The project provides an invaluable opportunity for young people to learn about the life cycle of fish, Sheffield waterways and the variety of wildlife found on their doorstep. 881 children from Brightside Nursery and Infant, Porter Croft C of E and St Catherine’s Catholic School took part in the project.
“This project has been really successful in getting children involved and excited about the environment. They have taken ownership of nurturing the fish in their classrooms and have learnt how important it is that we protect the wildlife in our towns and cities.” -Hellen Hornby (Community Team Manager, RSC)
Projects like these are achievable thanks to The Ernest Cook Trust and River Stewardship Company and are beneficial not only to the children but also to the environment. Due to vast improvements in water quality, fish – including grayling, barble and chub- have gradually been returning to the River Don over the last 30 years.
River Stewardship Company is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England.
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