Since 2013 we have been working with schools in the Dearne Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA) and also the Humberhead Levels NIA as part of Severn & Wye Smokery’s Eels in Schools project.
We install a tank into the schools along with around 100 eels for 6 weeks. During this time school children have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elvers, learning all about their amazing life cycle and the fantastic journey from the Sargasso Sea near America across to the rivers and wetlands of the UK.
At the end of the 6 weeks each child personally releases around 100 elvers into some suitable habitat where they will stay and grow for over 20 (and up to 40) years before leaving to make the awesome journey back to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.
Try out this interactive game and help Ely the eel reach her river.