Wear Rivers Trust Schools Programme
Funding has been secured to provide primary schools within the Wear catchment area the opportunity to access the educational programme delivered by Wear Rivers Trust Educational Officer Lucy Lovett. The funding enables schools to access the programme at a supplemented fee making the programme more accessible to all.
Educational activities offered by the programme include field trips to study river habitats and wildlife, Mayfly in the Classroom projects in which children can collect, care for and hatch mayfly nymphs, and a Riverfly Monitoring Scheme where children and adult volunteers monitor river invertebrate life to monitor water quality. (These samples have in the past alerted the Environment Agency to incidents of water contamination). The funding will enable the Wear Rivers Trust to provide these activities for up to 700 pupils/children and enable the recording of up to 200 Riverfly samples.
Lucy has been working hard to engage with schools and community groups and has to date worked with six schools and two cub groups. Children from Lanchester EP Primary School involved in the Riverfly Monitoring Scheme have recently won an award from Consett Rotary Club for their dedication and commitment to making a difference to their local community and the environment.
Richard Avenue Primary School, Sunderland on a field trip to Bollihope Burn in Weardale.