Image Credit: Martin Shields Photography
The Clyde in the Classroom project, led by the Clyde River Foundation, which is based at the University of Glasgow, began in 2001 and has, to date, inspired more than 30,000 children to learn about river ecology and wildlife in their local area. The project sees brown trout egg hatcheries brought into all participating schools, with pupils and teachers taught how to maintain water quality and look after the fish as they hatch and grow. After several weeks, the Clyde River Foundation team help the children release their fish.
The innovative project is aimed at pupils in schools around the River Clyde catchment, taking in eight local authority areas, including Glasgow and as far afield as Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire. Pupils are encouraged to learn more about river ecology, sustainability and causes of pollution through hands-on learning and excursions to accessible river areas.
This year, Clyde in the Classroom will reach 3,150 pupils from 120 classes in 105 schools from the eight local authorities around the River Clyde system. The project will launch on the January 8 at the Glasgow Science Centre, as hundreds of children descend on the venue over the course of six days to learn about the ecology and history of the River Clyde, and how to care for their hatcheries. Glasgow Science Centre has been a partner of the project since its inception.
The Clyde River Foundation was founded in 1999 to improve the understanding of river and fisheries management in the River Clyde system. The Foundation employs five full-time scientists and is based within the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine.
This year, as in previous years, the main sponsor of the Clyde in the Classroom project will be Crown Estate Scotland, with additional financial support from the River Kelvin Angling Improvement Association, the Lamington & District Angling Improvement Association, the United Clyde Angling Protective Association Limited and the Murdoch Forrest Charitable Trust. The eight council areas the project takes in are Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.
For more information, visit www.clydeintheclassroom.com.