Here’s what they had to say about their experiences
4 weeks at Hampshire Carp Hatcheries and the time has absolutely flown by. Sadly our work experience placement has now come to an end.
What have we have learned?
A lot of new skills and knowledge have been acquired, including some that can make you look a bit crazy such as how to identify holes in your waders.
The list of jobs and activities has been endless, including netting ponds, grading, water quality monitoring, health checks, packaging and sorting to name a few. We have even had chance to get hands on with spawning of the golden and blue orfe and fry rearing.
Over the last 4 weeks we have slowly felt more integrated into the daily farm work and developing the skills to work independently from the other staff members by the final week. There has been thousands of fish leaving the farm in the last few weeks, each one individually quality checked and counted into a bag by a member of staff; each one destined for someone’s pond or fishery.
There has been many highs and very few lows during our time on the farm. The highs included being out on the farm in the glorious Spring sunshine, netting and sorting the colourful, vibrant fish and having the satisfaction of sending them out to be enjoyed across the UK.
Lows are filling your waders on a cold morning or losing your count on a batch of fish and having to start all over again.
The staff at Hampshire Carp have such pride in the work that they do and the end result is a prime example of this. They have been able to take us under their wing and teach us the full process of the farm while not affecting the level and quality of their own work.
This placement has gone so quickly and it’s a shame that we haven’t got another few weeks but the skills learnt will be taken forward into our future employment, wherever that may be.”