Raising awareness of eels as a species in the Broads

Grant awarded for a  new educational game and poem

The Broads Trust have just awarded a new grant of £670 to towards a new board game and poem as an educational tool to raise awareness of eel as a species and its relevance to Norfolk and The Broads in terms of heritage and biodiversity. It will increase engagement with The Broads as a landscape, awareness of eco-systems and waterways in The Broads, plus the impact of issues such as pollution and illegal trafficking.

Broads Charity

Based on the book The Last Eel on Earth by Ruthie Collins, it is designed to awareness of eel as a species, its extraordinary journey and illegal eel trafficking, which is big businees these days – European eels are now so rare (and sought after) that they’re targeted by criminals for the profits they can yield. .

The game is basically an interactive, participatory poem, with actions included for children to have fun throughout – while learning at the same time. First piloted as an interactive performance in a primary school for National Poetry Day 2021, it’s being now in print form for the first time.