Today I finally got to talk to some young people about the River Severn and the Custodians. I addressed all the pupils at their assembly in Penygloddfa School, Newtown. They were very interested and asked some good questions. They loved seeing the live American Signal Crayfish that I took to show them. The school would like to get involved with some of our activities, most likely litter picking initially.
In the afternoon, with Lisa Barlow from Severn Rivers Trust, I talked to two classes at Brynllywarch House School, Kerry. Lisa showed the pupils some of the Trust’s leaflets and massive posters illustrating good and bad farming practice in terms of their effect on the rivers. She also showed them a river fly larvae sample, collected this morning, and pointed out some of the principal species. I made a slightly modified presentation about our work and showed the same crayfish from the morning. The pupils also asked some good questions and engaged with the messages we were giving. This school would also like to maintain contact with our group and would like presentations to other classes and perhaps to join in some of our river activities.
All in all very worthwhile and satisfying to involve some young people.