Swan River a giant classroom as Bayswater students land a great day of fun and learning

Swan River a giant classroom as Bayswater students land a great day of fun and learning

STUDENTS landed a day of great fun and learning at the Swan River last week when a group of 150 tried their hand at fishing and gained an insight into sustainable practices.

The City of Bayswater and Department of Parks and Wildlife’s annual catchment activity day was held at Riverside Gardens, with students from Weld Square, Maylands Peninsula and St Columbus primary schools.

Students tested the pH and oxygen levels of the Swan River using personal testing kits, checked out wildlife at the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, learnt about predators such as foxes and feral cats and learnt about Aboriginal culture, including historic cooking utensils.

Mayor Barry McKenna said educating children about sustainable practices would ensure the environment was protected into the future.

“These workshops teach our children about how the decisions we make impact our local catchment area, which in turn affects the water quality of the Swan River,” he said.

RecFishWest fishing clinic instructor Craig Bibra taught the students about sustainable fishing practices while they attempted to catch something other than blowies.

He said they focused on the three ‘loves’ – yourself, fish and the environment.

The children learned about water and sun safety and size and bag limits.