The rain clouds stayed away for our Year 2 cohort to visit the River Severn Fish Pass, located at the Diglis Dock, where the Canal and River Trust have been working on an exciting conservation project aimed at opening up Britain’s longest river, not only for the rare fish that depend upon it but the communities that live alongside it.
Arriving at the Diglis lock, Year 2 were eager to learn and engage with two separate sessions. The first session aimed to teach the children about the migratory route of the Shad fish, how the weir at the Diglis Lock has previously prevented the fish from reaching their spawning grounds and how the recently completed fish pass has resolved this issue. A second session saw the children engage in a workshop about the canal and lock systems through the giant marble run of the fish pass, the fish pass at Diglis being the biggest dep vertical slot fish pass in England and Wales.
The children discovered that the restoration programme, named ‘Unlocking the Severn’ involved The Environment Agency, the Canals and Rivers Trust, Natural England and the Severn’s River Trust and has reopened more than 150 miles of the River Severn. Pupils were delighted to hear and witness how the opening of the fish pass had saved endangered fish. They were delighted to see fish as they entered the unique underwater viewing gallery; one particular salmon was keen to say hello, a rare occurrence as fish tend to swim on by quickly.
Coming back to the surface, pupils tucked into a delicious packed lunch as the sun briefly shone through the clouds. After an informative and fascinating school trip, the cohort returned to King’s Hawford excited to share what they had learnt with their families. The pupils displayed exemplary behaviour throughout the trip, the Canal and River Trust staff commenting on how well behaved all of the pupils were.