Water chance young people have to help trees and trout in Kirkintilloch

St Machan's Primary - Clyde River Trust '2nd May 2013'PiC: Roberto Cavieres
St Machan's Primary - Clyde River Trust '2nd May 2013'PiC: Roberto Cavieres

YOUNG eco-warriors from Kirkintilloch, Lennoxtown and the Kelvin Valley have been helping fishy friends as part of a special river scheme.

Around 400 local children got hands-on experience of their local waterways thanks to a new project – ‘Trout ‘n’ Trees’.

The Clyde River Foundation is delivering the project to classes ranging from P3-P7.

Trout ‘n’ Trees encourages children to investigate the link between river and land ecosystems during a field visit to their local river.

They learn about the invertebrates that trout feed on, such as mayflies and caddis flies, witness an electrofishing demonstration by Clyde River Foundation scientists and take part in a tree workshop led by Dr Emilie Wadsworth of Central Scotland Forest Trust.

All of the information collected on the day are used to assess the health of each river, producing a River Health Score.

Harestanes Primary teacher Jo Chamberlain was delighted her class took part.

She said: “The children in P7 had a fantastic learning experience and a thoroughly enjoyable day.”

The project is funded by the Kelvin Valley LEADER Programme, the Russell Trust, the River Kelvin Angling Association and the Campsie Angling Association.

Schools taking part include Oxgang, St Machan’s, Hillhead, Craighead, Lennoxtown, St Flannan’s, Lairdsland Primary, Harestanes, Merkland and Twechar.

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