Over the last few weeks the P4’s have been participating in an exciting project run by the River Forth Fisheries Trust. The children have been learning about the life cycle of sea trout, their habitat requirements, threats to survival and conservation actions. The children were given a fish tank and around 250 fish eggs from Howietoun Fish Farm at Bannockburn. The eggs were at the eye stage and we had to rear them until they hatched into fry and their egg sacks were completely used up. The most important thing we had to do was regulate the temperature of the water, regularly putting frozen bottles of water into the tank to keep the water cool.
Once the eggs sacks were gone the fish were bagged up and transported by the children down to the River Almond where they were released into the water. Whilst the children were down by the river they were also able to study other creatures that would be found in and around those waters.
We were very fortunate that Storm Doris had passed in time for us to do this trip. Luckily, the sun came out, the wind died down and the children were able to enjoy squelching through the mud down to the river bank in order to release their little friends.