Pupils in the swim as trout are released

Matthew Ross, Waterways Education Officer,'Groundwork Sheffield  releasing Brown Trout in to the River Sheaf in Millhouses Park, Sheffield part of the  Groundwork Sheffield's, education project 'Windows to Waterways Wildlife', which has involved local schools raising trout in classroom fishtanks.  watched by Children of Owlerton Primary school Sheffield''See Story Jeni Harvey Picture Chris Lawton '08 April  2011

Matthew Ross, Waterways Education Officer,'Groundwork Sheffield releasing Brown Trout in to the River Sheaf in Millhouses Park, Sheffield part of the Groundwork Sheffield's, education project 'Windows to Waterways Wildlife', which has involved local schools raising trout in classroom fishtanks. watched by Children of Owlerton Primary school Sheffield''See Story Jeni Harvey Picture Chris Lawton '08 April 2011

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BROWN trout that have grown in the care of Sheffield schoolchildren have been released into the city’s rivers as part of a project to encourage pupils to learn about wildlife and to boost numbers of the species.

In January, tanks containing up to 150 tiny brown trout were installed by environmental charity Groundwork Sheffield in five schools, including Tinsley Nursery Infant, Whiteways J & I and Owler Brook Infants.

Pupils were taught to care for the fish by waterways education officer Matthew Ross.

He said: “The pupils have learned how to keep the fish in a calm, secure, clean environment,and have helped them survive through a tough winter. “Now the trout have grown, they have a better chance of survival as they will be less vulnerable to predators and varying water temperatures. ”

Brown trout are an important species in rivers, providing food for species such as pike. A fully-grown trout can reach 50cm in length.

Groundwork Sheffield’s Windows to Waterway Wildlife is funded by the National Lottery through its Awards for All initiative.