We had an amazing day on our visit to Cong Burn in Chester-le-Street.

Lucy, our guide, gave us a brief history of the Cong Burn which joins the River Wear at Chester-le-Street. We found out that the water of the Cong Burn was once orange due to the mining of iron in our local area. Thankfully, the burn is now free of iron pollution and has a very healthy stock of animals that make it their home.

Lucy invited us to observe these animals in their habitats; collect samples and data and identify the fascinating creatures we were lucky enough to discover. We were amazed to find so many animals from Freshwater Shrimps to a Salmon Fry!

We were so focused on collecting our samples and logging our findings, we didn’t notice the water creeping over our wellies and soaking our clothes…oops!



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