“Troot in the Shed” (2015)

“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 local 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. For the new session, starting in the next couple of weeks, “Troot in the Shed 2015” is set to run in the 6 schools which were part of the initiative last year: Dounby Primary, North Walls Primary, Sanday Junior High, St. Andrews Primary, Stromness Primary and Stronsay Junior High as well as Papdale Halls of Residence, totalling 8 mini-hatcheries.
The “Troot in the Shed” project owes its name to the buildings 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 isn’t an option. We manage here to hatch these trout using very basic materials either already in schools  or donated by members of the community and local businesses, thus reducing cost to a minimum.

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Thanks for your visit.

Mr. Pietri


8 Responses to “Troot in the Shed” (2015)

  1. Mr. Pietri says:

    “Troot in the Shed 2015” has started today at the Sanday School. The ova travelled well thanks to a smooth flight on board the Loganair Islander and only 3 dead eggs needed to be removed by dinner time, leaving about 180 to be looked after by Mrs Muir’s pupils.
    The Stronsay school and Papdale Halls should be underway on Thursday, and on Hoy, at the North Walls School, the project is planned to start next week.
    Arrangements with St Andrews Primary, Stromness Primary and Dounby Primary remain to be finalised.

  2. Kristen Muir says:

    Primary 5,6 and 7 have just been out to check the tank. We’re happy to be involved with the project again. It is Primary 5’s first time and they found the presentation yesterday really interesting. We’re planning to make a display board for ‘Troot in the Shed’ so we can share our learning with the rest of the school. Today we noticed that there was quite a lot of bubbles/foam on the surface of the water. We hope this is normal! We will email Mr Pietri a photo.

  3. Mr. Pietri says:

    Mrs Muir,
    It’s great to hear that your P5’s enjoyed the presentation yesterday! I was very impressed with the youngsters’ participation and enthusiasm! They seem to have been able to understand the trout and salmon life-cycles very well.
    A display board would be a great idea and we could publish it here in the blog too! Regarding, the foam in the tank, it would be interesting to have a look at the photo but I suspect it’s the pump churning up the water constantly which creates a lot of bubbles and foam. Was there any more casualties amongst the ova?

  4. Kristen Muir says:

    Hello, today we had two more casualties (sadly) and we scooped off some of the foam. It does just look like bubbles rather than foam. Hopefully it’ll be OK!

    • Mr. Pietri says:

      A couple more casualties are to be expected over the days following the transfer and I’m sure the bubbles will be down by next week.
      Yesterday, there have been two more ova deliveries: Papdale Halls of Residence where Craig Stout is going to lead the project and the Stronsay School which is running “Troot in the Shed” for the 5th year.

  5. Malcolm Thomson says:

    Hi! That’s Stromness Primary P6 underway with a tank full of eggs. Let’s see who can keep them coldest longest! Good luck to all the schools.

  6. Mr. Pietri says:

    Thank you Malcolm! That’s excellent news!
    St Andrews Primary should have received their ova this morning and Hoy and Dounby should get theirs before the end of the week.
    We’re getting there!

  7. Mr. Pietri says:

    Today, Thursday, about 200 Harray Loch ova were delivered to the North Walls school on Hoy. The P7 pupils made short work of extracting the 10 dead ones (They have been doing it since P3 !).
    Olivia and Trish did an excellent job setting up the tank. At first, it looked as if the water pump wasn’t working but it was later discovered that it was just the water level which was too low to reach the impeller. The pump worked well once water was added.
    Thank you to Mr Erskine for making the trip on the ferry to deliver the eggs! We’re hoping to hear from the North Walls school shortly!

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