BART are happy to announce that in spring 2018 we will be running our incredibly popular Eel in the Classroom project, thanks to funding from the Greggs Foundation!

The Greggs Foundation is the charitable arm of Greggs, with funding from the 2015 charge for single-use plastic carrier bags. Before the charge over 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags were given to customers by major supermarkets in England alone! The Greggs Foundation have donated proceeds from the charge to support environmental education projects for local communities in and around rivers, across Wales, Scotland and England.

Children and their eels during our 2017 project

We will be working with schools across the Bristol Avon catchment, bringing the endangered European Eel to classrooms where children will spend a term looking after and learning about these fascinating creatures and the challenges they face. At the end of the school term the children say goodbye to the eels as they release them back into the river!

European eels are fascinating animals

 

Our 2017 Eel in the Classroom project was incredibly popular with 6 schools involved across Bristol, Wiltshire and Somerset. In 2018 we are going to have 13 schools taking part, allowing more children to get up close and personal with these amazing animals!

 

Releasing the eels at the end of our 2017 project

A huge thank you to the Greggs Foundation who have made the 2018 Eel in the Classroom Project possible! If your school is interested in taking part then please get in touch with harriet@bristolavonriverstrust.org.