Pupils are tickled pink with trout

From left, Florence Stott, 8, and Jack Anderson, 6, of Cambo First School with Shannon Kerr, Ella Vogel and Pete Kerr of Northumberland Rivers Trust.
From left, Florence Stott, 8, and Jack Anderson, 6, of Cambo First School with Shannon Kerr, Ella Vogel and Pete Kerr of Northumberland Rivers Trust.

CHILDREN across Northumberland have been hooked on river life in a fishy school project.

The Northumberland Rivers Trust set up the Wansbeck 100 project to teach pupils about the importance of river eco-systems.

Youngsters from Cambo and Longhorsley St Helen’s first schools, along with children from Collingwood School and Media Arts College in Morpeth, have teamed up with the trust to enjoy outdoor riverbank lessons and aquatic life sampling.

Part of the project saw pupils taking delivery of dozens of tiny Brown Trout three months ago to rear in specially designed chilled tanks in their classrooms.

And now they have released them into the River Wansbeck at Paine’s Bridge near Wallington.

Cambo Headteacher Paula Cummings said: “The children have absolutely loved the project.

“We’ve been out to the river on riverside lessons where the children have learned about the life within it. They have taken the duties of caring for their trout very seriously and were very excited about releasing them into the wild.

“It has been a phenomenal project and one which has fostered in the children a genuine respect for rivers and their aquatic life in a way no pure book or classroom work could match.”

Prior to the trout release the children watched an electro-fishing demonstration, which sees a small electric current passed through the water to temporarily stun the fish for counting.

The Northumberland Rivers Trust was created in July 2011 to restore and safeguard the county’s rivers and streams.