Our trout are out and about

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A SUCCESSFUL “Trout in the Classroom” scheme which is helping to restock local waterways is celebrating its fifth year at one Ribble Valley Primary School.

Children at Thorneyholme RC Primary, in Dunsop Bridge, have just released their latest batch of trout fry into Landgen Brook running through the village.

The Trout in the Classroom is run in several local schools by the Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust. It involves placing around 100 trout eggs in a purpose-built tank which the children then look after until they are fry approx one to two inches long. They can then be released into suitable local waterways and will hopefully return their year after year to spawn

Project manager Stephen Hatton explained: “The scheme is to encourage children to take an interest in their streams in a hands-on way and to help to keep them clean and healthy for the future while at the same time increasing the numbers of fish in their local stream.”