Investment project code: 87
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): The Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust is an environmental charity who champion the conservation of Loch Lomond's native fish populations, their habitats and the freshwater environment. We are made up of 3 regular staff members, seasonal interns and dedicated volunteers. While we work across the whole of Loch Lomond much of our work takes place within the Vale of Leven. We regularly work with local community groups and volunteers to carry out improvement work on our rivers to benefit the local wildlife and the community. Our work changes with the season and covers a wide range of activities such as litter picks, tree planting, community workshops, fish surveys, school education projects, fishing school and the rewilding of our rivers.
What will you use the money for?: This funding will support our 'Hooked on Nature' summer holiday fishing and wildlife programme. Over the span of 8 days (two blocks lasting 4 days), we will introduce 20 young people to incredible wildlife, amazing habitats, new nature skills and a new fishing experience all within their local area. During the first two days of each block, the young people will help with a coastline clean up, carry out wildlife surveys, learn how to identify and safely handle aquatic insects and fish. On day three and four, we will teach the group how to fish or ways to improve their fishing skills as well as water safety. The money received would pay for staff time, a qualified fishing instructor, fishing permits and equipment for the young people to learn how to prepare, cook and eat fish they catch on site.
Who will benefit from this money?: This project will benefit local young people (aged between 12 and 16) who Tullochan are working with. Tullochan are a local youth charity who support young people who are facing barriers from across West Dunbartonshire. We believe this project will help young people to gain new skills and make new friends all while boosting their self confidence and wellbeing. By experiencing their local wildlife first-hand, discovering and exploring local green and blue spaces, we believe this project will leave a positive impression of the local area on these young people. Furthermore, throughout this project we will teach the young people skills which they can use later in life.
Proposed on behalf of: Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust - £3276.95