River litter pick for trout release

Children from Whitecross Primary led a team to clean up their local burn in preparation of juvenile trout they have been raising being released.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:45 am

For the last month, the school pupils have been caring for trout eggs as part of the Fish in the Classroom project, with guidance from the RiverLife team from the River Forth Fisheries Trust.

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Jamie Ormiston, community engagement officer at River Forth Fisheries Trust, explained: “Once the eggs hatch and the juvenile fish are old enough the classes will be taking them down to the river to release them along with a fisheries scientist.

During this time the classes will take part in some practical ecology and sample the river for invertebrates to discover just how important the little beasties are compared to the bigger, more charismatic animals such as fish and otters.”

Forty primary children, P5-7, joined RiverLife along with Slamannan Angling Club and Falkirk Council for a two-hour litter pick beside the Manuel Burn, which runs into the nearby River Avon, and 10 black bags of litter were collected.