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Christchurch say goodbye to their fry!

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Posted: Friday 27th March 2015 by WildSchools

spawn to be wildReleasing fry

Yesterday, Christchurch Primary School finally said goodbye to their trout which have now, at 2 months old, turned into very active little fry!

They brought them to the banks of Blagdon Lake and set them off one by one into their new home and watched them for a while as they acclimatised to their new environment. Would they survive the first few days in such a big and wild habitat? Would they survive and thrive there for the next 20 years? Who knows

As well as releasing their fry, the children had the chance to do a spot of birdwatching through binoculars and we saw a very good variety of birds - mute swan, canada geese, coots, cormorants and several species of duck. There was even a very shy moorhen in amongst the reeds.

Then it was time to feed the thousands of bigger rainbow trout in the enormous tanks at the visitor centre. The trout jump up to get their food and thrash around and it is great fun to watch them and amazing to think that these enormous trout are only a year or so old!

Finally, the children took part in the Nature Trail through the woods where they learned, amongst other things, about the shape and nature of trunks for different types of tree, the names of homes for underground animals and the types of boxes put in trees for birds, bats and owls.

The sun shone mostly and it was a great day to finish off what has been a really enjoyable project for the whole of this term. Many thanks to the Year 4s at Christchurch who did such a great job of looking after their trout from egg to lake!


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