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“Scale” drawings invited! Fishing for Schools Kent launches fishing art competition

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The Fishing for Schools regions are always looking for ways to make fishing fun for their pupils – this can include bait challenges (identifying baits by taste and feel whilst blindfolded!) and fishing competitions, but next school year the  Kent Fishing for Schools team is running a fun art competition between its schools, and the…

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Why ‘rewilding’ is the wrong debate

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Next Tuesday, in central London, ‘Intelligence Squared’ a glossy organisation which promotes itself as a forum for debate is hosting a discussion under the title ‘The Battle for the Countryside: Britain Should Rewild its Uplands’. The publicity material promises the usual nonsense about the countryside being allowed to…

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Badgers block the road to common sense

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: A country lane in Suffolk may seem a strange place to play out a debate about animal rights, but newspaper reports this week on the closure of a road which has been undermined by badgers generate just that. Closed roads and other such conflicts with badgers are not…

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Old-style fishing match raises £1,971 for Fishing for Schools

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The inaugural Olde Bait Challenge took place on 17 June at Wessex Water’s Durleigh Reservoir, Somerset, raising a fabulous £1,971 for Fishing for Schools. Very many thanks to organiser and Fishing for Schools instructor Ray Jones! F4S instructor Charlie Halliday gave us this report from the day: “Ye Olde Bait Challenge attracted some big names…

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Fishing for Schools: Some of our most challenging work is with children in Pupil Referral Units

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Some of the potentially most challenging youngsters Fishing for Schools (F4S) instructors work with are those from Pupil Referral Units (PRUs). The Department for Education describes PRUs as places where “children who aren’t able to attend school and may not otherwise receive suitable education” go to school. This is often because they have been permanently…

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World Fishing Day is coming up – will you be taking part?

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World Fishing Day takes place on Saturday 23 June and Fishing for Schools (F4S) and Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland (CfR) shall be taking part. Will you? World Fishing Day aims to bring anglers from across the world together, showcase fishing to new people and show the wonderful benefits of our sport. World Fishing Day…

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Take part in Somerset’s Ye Olde Bait Challenge and raise money for Fishing for Schools

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It’s time to get your entries in for Ye Olde Bait Challenge, a charity fishing match in aid of Fishing for Schools on Saturday (17 June) at Durleigh Reservoir, Somerset. This is one occasion where grey hairs may be an advantage as, although all fishing methods are welcomed, no modern baits will be allowed in…

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Were you sabbed by the police?

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes:  As many of you will be aware there is something of a row over the campaign run by high street store LUSH to raise awareness of the public inquiry into the deployment of undercover police in activist organisations. LUSH is a prominent supporter of many activist organisations, including…

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Events and Shows this summer

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The Countryside Alliance team will be attending a number of events and shows throughout the summer and we’d love to see you there. Take a look at the listing below and be sure to book the show dates in your diary. Events and Shows 2-6 May – Badminton Horse Trials 4 June – Raby Castle…

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City kids experience the wild life with Fishing for Schools

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Pupils from an inner-city school got a taste of the countryside yesterday (5 June) when they visited Walthamstow Wetlands with the Fishing for Schools initiative. Twenty youngsters from Raynham Primary School in Enfield, London enjoyed a wildlife walk and hunted for insects in the lake during the two-hour session and all managed to catch a…

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