PUPILS at a school near Rocester have been getting stuck in with a project to help restock a stretch of the River Dove.
Year one and two pupils from Abbotsholme School joined The Environment Agency’s Central Midlands fisheries and biodiversity team to help stock the River Dove between Dovedale and Rocester with 160,000 young salmon.
Fisheries officer Bryony Devoy said: “It’s always great to get youngsters involved with stocking programmes such as this, and nice to inspire the next generation of anglers and environmentalists.
“The fisheries team now hope to see a wild population thrive and grow. We are continuing with habitat and river improvements, along with genetic studies to establish numbers of wild and stocked fish in this area.
“After two winters feeding in the river, they will change into salmon smolts with bright silver scales and migrate downstream through the estuary of the River Humber to the North Sea.
“The salmon grow very quickly at sea and those that survive and return can be genuinely huge fish.”