Lomond in the Classroom – Rivers and Lochs in the Classroom

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    The Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust (LLFT) believe education has an important role to play in encouraging interest in the aquatic environment. The hugely successful “Powan in the Classroom” has been introduced locally on a small scale and has given school students the chance to learn about a rare fish, the Powan, and witness part of its life cycle from eggs until they hatch into alevins. Rearing the eggs in the classroom and releasing the alevins back into Loch Lomond gives students an opportunity for practical project work, which instills a fascination, and respect for nature and the fish that inhabit their local rivers and lochs.

    Powan are one of the rarest freshwater fish in the UK however the population in Loch Lomond is believed to be in serious long term decline since the introduction of the Ruffe, a non-native fish species that heavily predates on Powan eggs. The Powan species is incredibly important within the Loch Lomond community as it is the main prey species Lamprey. This is the only known interaction of River Lamprey with Powan of this kind within the British Isles. The population of Powan found in Loch Eck are currently safe from the Ruffe however measures such as educating the public about the importance of biosecurity needs to be at the forefront of conservation efforts if we are to protect this incredible fish. 

    The project has been rebranded to the ‘Lomond in the Classroom’ project as we have changed and updated it’s content. The project has been modified to include more information about the Loch Lomond catchment area and allow further involvement from new partners such as the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the Loch Lomond Sea life aquarium.

    This project is aimed at the upper Primary level to introduce students to environmental topics and issues occurring locally and further afield. However for the second year running students from the Vale of Leven Academy are participating with this project. The project content has been modified and adapted to challenge students at the Vale of Leven Academy. The secondary students will also be encouraged to carry out independent research and present their findings to the Primary schools at our closing ceremony which will be hosted by the Vale of Leven Academy and various other schools around the catchment.

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