What's living in our local rivers?

The children benefited hugely from practical science instruction and exploration at Wooler Water with Patrick from the Tweed Foundation.  He explained to the children a method for catching invertebrates in the shallow part of the river and the children caught a good range of little creatures (which were returned to the water afterwards).  They used their catch to identify a range of invertebrates and then they were able to judge how clean the water is in the river (the verdict is that it was very clean).

Afterwards the children had the chance to identify four different kinds of fish using identification information and then research a bit more about each one.  They also had the time to learn more about both food chains (and webs) as well as the life cycle of both some invertebrates and some fish.  Overall, it was a hugely informative and engaging day and an excellent experience for all of us.