Wonderful world of water

date22 May 2012

Children and teachers from Kirkcowan Primary School got the chance to get their hands and feet wet this week and watch professionals at work in the Barhoise Burn near Kirkcowan.

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The children from P6/7 joined a Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) ecologist and fisheries biologists from Galloway Fisheries Trust, to help catch and handle fish, bugs and beasties that live in their local river, and learn how to be 'pollution detectives'.

They also found out about upcoming 'water' activities over the coming months, including learning to fish with professional coaches from 'Borderlines', and a 'mud skate' at Wigtown Bay with the Dumfries and Galloway Ranger Service.

The work is part of the 'Wonderful World of Water' project developed in partnership with the Leader funder officers from the proposed Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The project is designed to encourage young people to get 'hands on' experience and enjoyment from their local water wildlife and activities, and learn something new about the local environment.

Project Officer Ed Forrest said:

With the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve boundaries being based on the water environment radiating out of the Galloway hills and reflecting the value of clean water for wildlife, landscapes and people it was a natural project for the biosphere to support."

Fisheries Biologist Jamie Ribbens said:

Education is an important role of the GFT and we are pleased to have helped develop and deliver the fishy bits of this new school project which fits neatly into the new Curriculum for Excellence being delivered in local schools".    

SEPA's Anne Connick added:

There is a huge amount of evidence that shows the benefits of people connecting with nature, particularly from an early age. It can have many health benefits, but it can also encourage those children to grow up with respect and responsibility for others, and the environment around them. This project hopes to help demonstrate to everyone involved, that our water environments are of significant importance, have a huge amount to offer, and can provide interest for life!"

More information about the water environment is available on our website. You can contact any of the project partners for information on their work and activities happening locally.