Tuesday 21 June 2016
The release was the culmination of 4 months of hard work by pupils and staff at St. Pauls who reared the fish from eggs in a specially designed aquarium.
The idea of the project is to teach pupils about the life-cycle of brown trout and the rivers in which they live. Around 90 trout eggs are delivered to each school in January and put into the aquarium. The pupils then check the tank each day, removing any dead eggs and making sure the equipment is working. The eggs hatch after two weeks and pupils begin to feed the fish after a further two weeks, carrying out regular maintenance to keep the tank water clean. The pupils then release the fish into their local river either before the Easter holdiay or in during the summer term.
This new project for the school is also was set up with the assistance of Wooburn Parish Council who funded the cost of the equipment. From the 90 eggs that they received, St. Paul's pupils managed to rear 66 trout fry, which they released into the R. Wye close to the school.
The Trout in the Classroom programme was set up by the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project in 2009 in partnership with the River Chess Association and has been, until this year, based in schools in the Chess Valley. This new project brings the number of schools participating to six and is the first in the Wye Valley.
Further information on the project is available here