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Netherwood pupils raise eels

By ashley ball, Wombwell/Dearne Reporter Friday 30th May 2014

NETHERWOOD ALC pupils have been handed the chance to raise baby eels before releasing them into the local ecosystem.

As part of the Eels in Schools project led by Don Catchment Rivers Trust and Severn and Wye Smokery, elvers have been delivered to the Wombwell school for students to care for.

Prior to the six week holidays they will get the chance to release them at the RSPB's Old Moor site in Broomhill.

Geography teacher Tom Oates said: "We are the only secondary school to do it and it's exciting for the pupils.

"They are getting to feed the elvers up before they go into the Old Moor site.


"Eels go on an extraordinary journey which the students have been fascinated about.

"It is an great hands-on practical project for the children to learn about."

Pupils studying for a BTEC in the countryside and environment are involved with the project as are Geography pupils.

Eel numbers have been in great decline since the 1980s with heavy industry viewed as a major culprit.