Now in its eleventh year, the ‘Clyde in the Classroom’ initiative, run by the Clyde River Foundation, aims to teach young people what they can do to help conserve and care for their local river. More than 1,200 school pupils will attend a series of workshops over the coming weeks, taking the total number of children participating in the scheme to over 12,000 since it began in 2001.
Over the next seven weeks, pupils from 52 primary schools will learn about the lifecycle of the brown trout, the most common fish found in the Clyde, fish husbandry, and the factors affecting the river’s fish populations. To help better their understanding of the river’s ecology and biodiversity, pupils will be given the opportunity to put their learning into practice, by incubating and raising their very own batch of trout eggs in a classroom hatchery. Once reared, the children will release their trout fry into the River Clyde and its surrounding burns.
Dr Willie Yeomans of the Clyde River Foundation, said: “Clyde in the Classroom continues to grow and we are delighted that so many local schoolchildren are taking part. By engaging with pupils and teaching them how they can make a difference, we can help secure the river’s future for the next generation and beyond.”
Clyde in the Classroom is supported and funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government, plus a number of local authorities, charitable grant awarding bodies, angling clubs and companies throughout the region. BAE Systems is actively supporting the initiative to the tune of £10,000 under its education outreach programme. In addition to this, The Quay, Glasgow, is investing £5000 as part of its work within the local community and its commitment to Glasgow’s environment.
Charles Thompson, Communications Director at BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, said: “The River Clyde has played a huge part in the history of Glasgow. We are proud to pledge our support to this worthwhile initiative and play our part in ensuring that the legacy of the river continues. With two shipyards on the banks of the Clyde, our business is committed to the preservation of the river and the ‘Clyde in the Classroom’ project plays an important role in this.”
Graham Ewington, Centre Manager at The Quay, said: “As the major leisure destination on the banks of the Clyde, right in the heart of Glasgow, we recognise that it is essential to safeguard the ecosystem of the river for today and tomorrow. Clyde in the Classroom enables Scottish youngsters to understand the value and importance of the river to Glasgow and the whole region in a dynamic and interactive way, and we are delighted to support the initiative this year.”
The Clyde River Foundation is a Scottish registered charity which researches the ecology of the River Clyde and its tributaries, and promotes environmental education throughout the catchment. Clyde in the Classroom runs from January to Easter each year. Any school interested in participating or which would like further information on the project, contact Caroline McGillivray at the Clyde River Foundation on 0141 330 5080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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