Primary five pupils from Cardross Primary School have successfully reared brown trout from eggs and released them into the River Clyde as part of a unique ‘Clyde in the Classroom’ project.
The project is run by the Clyde River Foundation and encourages young people to engage with nature and protect their local environment.
In addition to rearing the fish, the children used the River Clyde as a focus for learning – looking at its history, the importance of the ship building industry and tourism. They also explored the course the river takes and the related geographical features.
The pupils had their own classroom hatchery and were delighted that from 200 original eggs, they were able to release over 180 fish into Geilston burn, which flows into the Clyde.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “This is a wonderful project which teaches our young people about nature and the importance of looking after the environment and encourages them to be caring, empathetic individuals.
“We have young people to be proud of and want the very best for them. Imaginative projects like this one are a key part of this.”
Head teacher at Cardross Primary, Elspeth Davis said: “The children and their class teacher, Mr Henry, did an exceptional job rearing the fish from eggs.
“It was an extremely challenging project as the correct water temperature had to be established and maintained in order for the fish to survive and grow.
"This proved particularly challenging on our 'snow closure' days but the commitment of the class shone through and we were delighted that were able to release so many fish.
“It was a fantastic project to be engaged in and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to learn so much.
"The sense of achievement and pride the pupils had was immense as they watched their nurtured fish take to their natural environment and swim free.”