‘Finding Torgoch’ – Local school pupils in Llanberis learn about Artic Charr

Feb 8, 2018

Torgoch or Artic Charr are an iconic fish species in Llyn Padarn, Llanberis in north Wales; one of only three natural populations in Wales. They are under threat from a number of human influences and are a symbol of a clean, healthy environment.

This aim of this Project is to raise the profile and awareness of Torgoch with local schoolchildren and visitors and use it as an iconic symbol to help achieve a clean and healthy environment.

Llyn Padarn

To help protect and improve charr populations in the lake, Natural Resources Wales capture some of the spawning adults and rear the eggs and young fish to stock back into the lake. Some of these eggs are also being looked after in a tank in the local primary school. The Project is being led by Dr Robin Parry who is a Trustee and chairman of the Seiont, Gwyrfai and Llyfni Fishing Society as well as a local GP.

Artic Charr from Llyn Padarn

Within a stone’s throw of Llyn Padarn, Arctic char eggs are in a tank in Ysgol Dolbadarn.

First a tail here and there and now almost a shoal. The pupils have been courteous, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and now they know a little more now about the life-cycle of this ice age fish and the impact of modern living on Llyn Padarn.

There has been great excitement among the children observing the eggs, handling them and watching their development – eyes, then spine, then movement, and finally the hatching.

Thanks to John Taylor and Richard Pierce at Natural Resources Wales for their advice and help and of course the pupils and staff at the school and Headteacher Mrs Bethan Jones for their interest. The pupils will help release the fish into Llyn Padarn when they are bigger.

Reporting an environmental incident

To report an environmental incident such as suspected poaching, pollution or wildlife crime, the dumping of hazardous or industrial waste and illegal abstraction from watercourses etc, call Natural Resources Wales’ incident hotline on 0300 065 3000 (24 hour service).

Afonydd Cymru
The Rivers Trust
Natural Resources Wales
The Wild Trout Trust