It was a rather breezy day, this 20th March, when it was decided that the time had come to part company with the small fish we had been watching grow in the school since January. The alevins’ yolk sacs (their own food supply) were shrinking day by day and it was time for them to start life as “real” trout and fend for themselves in the loch.
Thirty pupils from Primary 4 to Secondary 2 and seven members of staff and parents gathered on the shore of Bea Loch and let slip the 250 miniature troot, measuring 20mm, amongst the waves.
Needless to say that the next few years will be very tough for the little fish which will be facing a lot of dangers, from birds and otters but also from their older counterparts which, as some may know, can reach over 10 lbs in this loch!
The visit to the loch was not just about fish as Mr. Thorne, the Sanday ranger, joined us and explained why the loch was such a special environment for a wide range of wildlife, like swans, many different species of ducks and otters.
Well done to all pupils and staff involved for making the project such a success!