The Tay Foundation is a Charitable Trust helping the River Tay and its tributaries, fish and environment

The Big Challenge...

Tay Foundation Proposal

The Tay Foundation is looking for a major sponsor who can help us develop the river system to its full potential over a ten year period.

Read our proposal and programme of work »

Education

Educating the next generation about rivers, their inhabitants and the environment is seen as a vital task.

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The main educational project we are currently involved with is Salmon in the Classroom (Tayside). This project was initially set up by Scottish Natural Heritage as part of the EU CASS LIFE Project. However, the Tay Foundation has now taken over the coordination of this project which  is still grant aided by Scottish Natural Heritage.

In addition to ourselves and Scottish Natural Heritage, other participating organisations include Angus Council (teachers, countryside rangers and supporting school staff), Atholl Countryside RangersEsk District Salmon Fishery BoardLoch Lomond and Trossachs National ParkNational Trust for ScotlandPerth & Kinross Council (teachers, Countryside Rangers and supporting school staff) and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board.

Subsequently we organise class field trips to the release locations and using electrofishing equipment catch fish (hopefully including some of the ones they released). This enables pupils to identify different fish and their life stages and even to learn how to handle fish safely and properly.

A key part of the programme is bringing fish directly into the class room. From the Tay DSFB hatchery eyed salmon eggs are provided to each school. These are placed in fish tanks held in chiller cabinets. This enanbles the pupils to watch daily the hatching of the eggs and development of the baby fish, which are then returned to a local river. The children not only learn about the natural history of the fish, but actually get to look after them.

Fish are not the only topics covered during such field trips. Kick samples of aquatic life are taken and the youngsters are invited to count and identify them using simple keys.

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