Welcome to “Troot in the Shed” Project 2012
“Troot in the Shed” aims at making pupils aware of the Brown Trout and Sea-Trout life cycles through presentations and hands-on activities – the highlight of the initiative being hatching trout ova (provided by the Orkney Trout Fishing Association) on the school ground and monitoring the experiment on a daily basis to record the various stages from egg to alevin and fingerling. The four projects are currently run in the Orkney Islands schools of Stronsay, Sanday, Kirkwall Grammar and Dounby Primary.
The “Troot in the Shed” project owes its name to the building where the trout are hatched… There is an already existing initiative across the country called “Trout in the Classroom” but it requires an extensive set-up including a cooled tank costing in excess of £1,000 which wasn’t an option. We have managed here to hatch these trout using very basic materials either in schools already or donated by members of the community and local businesses (thank you Peedie Pawz Pet Shop in Kirkwall for the pumps!), thus reducing cost to a minimum.
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