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Campsie anglers show St Machans how to fish

St Machan’s primary school were paid a special visit by representatives from the Campsie Angling Association in May. During the Meet Your River stage of the project, Danny Connor and Michael Cassidy gave pupils a demonstration of fly-casting, a first-hand insight into why it might be useful to know about the riverflies that inhabit the river. Thanks go to the Campsie Angling Association for their involvement and support of the project. After the electro-fishing, fly-casting, and kick-sampling, the pupils took invertebrate samples from the river back to the classroom for closer inspection. Have a look at some of the photos from the day.

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Thank you

A message from the Clyde River Foundation team: We’d like to thank everyone for taking part in the project. It has been an exciting few months and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did: from raising the trout eggs in the classroom to exploring the river food web and finding out and identifying what invertebrates (wee ‘river beasties’!) the fish feed on. We hope you have a great summer! Keep an eye on the website and in the meantime, Click here to see which entry won the ‘Logo Competition’  

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Banton pupils put river beasties under the microscope

The pupils of Banton primary school found a wide range of inverterbrate species during their Meet Your River day, signalling that their burn is in pretty good health. After kick sampling in the Banton burn just down the road from the school, pupils got a closer look at the tiny creatures including mayflies, worms and some fascinating cased caddis fly larvae…. Have a look at what Banton unearthed from their local river….

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Salmon star in the Luggie

A TV film crew spent the morning with Hillhead primary school recently as part of a BBC documentary series about Scottish salmon. During Hillhead’s Meet Your River day, scientists from the Clyde River Foundation waded into the Luggie Water to show the pupils electrofishing in action. Due to industrial pollution, salmon disappeared from the Luggie for many years, but since the mid-1980s they have started to return – a story of urban freshwater regeneration that the attendant film crew was hoping to catch on camera. And Hillhead were not disappointed – pupils watched from the bridge as a healthy-looking salmon parr was scooped from the river. The documentary will likely not be shown until early 2012, but in the meantime here are some photos from the day….!

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Kilsyth pupils find eel in the Ebroch

It might not look very healthy, but Kilsyth pupils discovered that the Ebroch burn is home to a wide range of fish and invertebrate life during their Meet the River day. As well as watching a number of good-sized trout being scooped out of the Ebroch burn, they saw a very impressive eel which had been lurking in the muddy banking….What a find! Have a look at some of the pictures from the day here…. and feel free to send in some captions.

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St Flannan’s find plenty of fish

St Flannan’s pupils found plenty of fish in the Luggie Water, including a good-sized salmon parr and a beautiful three-spined stickleback. The stickleback (Willie’s favourite fish!) had a bright red belly, signalling the first steps in its courtship behaviour. Have a look at some of the pictures below….

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Oxgang looks at the Luggie

The Luggie Water flows just 50 yards from the school gates of Oxgang primary and pupils had the chance to explore their very local river as part of the Kids and the Kelvin Meet Your River day. Pupils from P4 put some serious welly into researching the health of the Luggie by taking samples from the riverbed and watching Clyde River Foundation scientists electrofish beneath the bridge beside Waterside roundabout. Take a look at some pictures from the day… and feel free to send in some captions for the photos….

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St Patricks find plenty of life in the burn

Freshwater slaters, leeches and mayfly were just a few of the creatures found by St Patrick’s primary pupils after they donned the wellies and took kick-samples to identify back in the classroom. Have a look at the pictures from the day and you might be able to spot a few surprised faces….! Feel free to send in some captions for each of the photos.

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Holycross find trout (and knotweed…) along the Garrel burn

Not only did pupils from Holycross primary school gather an impressive sample of invertebrates from their local river, they also found a non-native plant on the banks of the Garrel. After watching the Clyde River Foundation’s Davie and Justyna electrofish in the burn – allowing them to see up close some healthy-sized trout – they walked along the river on the hunt for a less welcome part of the ecosystem. As part of the project, pupils were challenged to find any of the four major ‘Invasive Non-native’ plant species that can now be found in Scotland (Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed, Skunk Cabbage). And unfortunately they did just that, tracking down a large stand of Japanese Knotweed just opposite the football park. Well done for honing those identification skills….! Here’s some photos from the day – feel free to send us some captions for each picture.

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Harestanes pupils meet their river….

Harestanes primary school pupils were transformed into young scientists for the day, as they took kick samples from the Luggie Water and observed electrofishing by the Clyde River Foundation. Here are some pictures from the day. We’d love it if you could supply captions for the images…. get in touch via the website to send in your captions.

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