Hartpury’s the plaice to be for game students as college scales up lake learning

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Students at Hartpury have netted the chance to learn more about the world of fishing following the introduction of 12,500 fish to the college’s lake.

Countryside and Game Management students will be given the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of nurturing the fish stocks and the lake’s management as the fish become established. Then, in around a year’s time, the students will be given the chance to fish the lake for the first time.

Crucian Carp, rudd, roach and perch have now been added to the lake following a decision made to re-stock it last year when the lake was netted with the aim of establishing what was already in there.

Students on the course will spend time over the next year learning bank maintenance and vegetation control as well as assessing the fish stock over the same period to see what has changed.

Course lecturer, Robbie Nicolle, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for our college students to get involved in a different aspect of game and countryside management. It’s not just about the fishing, they get to learn a lot about managing the lake, it’s surrounds and the quality of the water – it’s a real opportunity to understand something new for them.”

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