Schools – Education Project
In September 2008, the Trust launched an Education project with three local primary schools, two in Conwy and one in Denbighshire. This programme builds on a programme that has been operating for some years where a fish tank with salmon eggs is placed in the classroom to enable the children to watch the eggs hatch into juvenile salmon. At an appropriate point, the children release the young salmon into their native river. This activity is supplemented by a number of presentations about the life of the salmon and the river in general.
Prior to the re-launch of the programme for 2008, a major uplift of the programme has been accomplished. This re-launch documents the life of an individual salmon born in the local river and its life in the river prior to it running down to the sea and venturing across to the seas around Greenland. The narrative follows the life of the growing fish and its eventual return to its native river. This narrative is illustrated with posters and other educational material and the children participate in projects including composing poetry and learning about aquatic life culminating in a field visit to a fish hatchery operated by Environment Agency Wales where the children can observe adult and juvenile salmon and investigate the wide range of invertebrates living in our native rivers.
The new programme has been received enthusiastically by local education practitioners and will be rotated each year to two new schools. As all children in a primary school can participate in the programme, it is envisaged that the majority of children coming up through primary education will experience the programme as this is rotated around the limited number of schools in this rural area. It is intended to continue to build on this programme widening it to ensure that young children are given every opportunity to understand and respect the environment surrounding our rivers.
It is anticipated that as resources allow, the Trust will be able to build on this excellent work extending this into a general public awareness of the need for respect and conservation of these vital environments.
If your school is interested in joining this project, please contact us as soon as possible. Unfortunately places are limited so it may not be possible to accommodate you straight away.
Reporting an environmental incident
To report an environmental incident such as suspected poaching, pollution or wildlife crime, the dumping of hazardous or industrial waste and illegal abstraction from watercourses etc, call Natural Resources Wales’ incident hotline on 0300 065 3000 (24 hour service).
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