This river adoption project encourages schools and communities to take an active role in the stewardship of their local river environment.
Adopting a stretch of your local river or burn can provide a great basis for outdoor learning while making a positive difference to your local community. The project is delivered by the Clyde River Foundation and the Ayrshire Rivers Trust and is supported by the Greggs Foundation, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland.
The river adoption process involves 3 stages:
1) Meet your river – a school trip to the river to discover wildlife, identify what’s good and what could be improved
2) Start to take action – the pupils return to the river for a river corridor clean-up and invasive non-native species awareness
3) Community outreach – schools share what’s been learned so with their
local community to encourage broader community involvement
The first five schools to sign up to Healthy Rivers, Healthy Communities in 2015 are: Kilsyth Primary School, Golfhill Primary School, St Serf’s Primary School (all North Lanarkshire), St Patrick’s Primary School (West Dunbartonshire) and Greenmill Primary School (East Ayrshire).
In the video below pupils observe Clyde River Foundation scientists Lesley and David electro-fish their local burn to find out what fish live there. We were delighted to find four species of fish – brown trout, stickleback, stone loach and lamprey – not bad for a wee urban burn!