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Sutton school students release fish into Wandle 16.03.10

Students from Sutton will join schools from across south London in releasing fish into the river Wandle.

On 18 March, pupils from Avenue Primary, Carew Manor Primary, Culvers Primary and Sutton Grammar School will release trout they have bred as part of the Trout in the Classroom Project.

The 'Trout in the Classroom Project' is run by the Wandle Trust in partnership with Thames21 and involves 19 schools from Sutton, Wandsworth, Merton and Croydon.

Every December participating schools are given a specially modified fish tank and trout eggs. Students then care for the trout until they are mature enough to be released in the wild.

The project has strong support from teachers as it provides students with valuable skills as they clean the water in the tank, make sure it stays at a constant temperature, and draw up responsible rotas for feeding.

Cllr Tony Brett Young, Executive Member for Learning Services on Sutton Council, said: "This is a great project which really brings the curriculum to life. Students are taught important lessons in a fun and engaging way, while providing some great help to the environment."

Abi Johns a teacher from Avenue Primary school said: "The project was a fun and novel way for my class to learn important lessons on a range of different subjects."

Bella Davis, Development Officer on the Wandle Trust, said, "Not only is this a great project for teaching children about the environment, the survival rate of the trout that the school children release provides a good indication of the overall health of the Wandle.

"We have been running this project since 2001 and each year the results we get are better. Recently we discovered that the trout have now started breeding in the river itself, proving that the Wandle is in a very healthy state."

Sutton school students will release their trout into the Wandle from 1.30pm - 2.45pm Nightingale Lane, Hackbridge.

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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