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Schools rear river trout in classrooms

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Over 150 trout have been bred in classroom hatcheries in schools around the Clyde.

Trout raised in school classrooms have been released into the Clyde as part of an innovative eco project.

Youngsters released the fish raised in classroom hatcheries into White Cart Water, Glasgow, as part of a project that has taught 20,000 budding river rangers about the River Clyde’s natural environment.

It’s hugely inspiring to see children really enjoy learning about the fish and the environment - Lesley Deans

Saracen Primary School in Glasgow’s Possilpark is one of 96 schools taking part in the annual project, Clyde in the Classroom (CITC), which is run by the Clyde River Foundation and funded by The Crown Estate.

It comes as CITC was highlighted in the Scottish Parliament this week by Labour’s shadow environment minister Claudia Beamish MSP, who praised the project during a debate on the Clyde.

Lesley Deans, biologist at Clyde River Foundation, said: “The children looked after the fish day-to-day, nurturing them from eggs then preparing them for conditions in the wild by using homemade icepacks to control water temperature.

“It’s hugely inspiring to see children really enjoy learning about the fish and the environment.”

The project develops pupil skills in literacy, numeracy, science, social subjects and health and wellbeing, while also building their knowledge of the local environment.

Saracen teacher, Linda Quinn, said: “Our pupils were given a fish tank and 200 eggs just six weeks ago and tasked with keeping conditions stable so that they can hatch and grow. The children have had great fun and it’s inspiring to see the fish now swim off into the wild.”