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Fishing for Schools founder Charles Jardine takes on marathon fishing challenge

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

Twenty-four hours, three fisheries and a 60-mile run – that’s the essence of Fishing for Schools founder Charles Jardine’s latest fundraising scheme – The #WessexWaterChallenge. At 10am on March the 10th Charles will start fishing at Clatworthy Reservoir in Somerset, on a mission to catch a trout. That done, he will run the 14 miles…

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Hunting forever, for everyone!

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

As hundreds of thousands of people across the countryside get ready to support their local hunts on Boxing Day new research undertaken by the Countryside Alliance confirms that hunting is younger and more diverse than ever before. Over 250 hunts will meet on Tuesday 26th December in every corner of the countryside as hunting celebrates…

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Fishing for Schools 2017 Review – What a year it’s been!

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

Fishing for Schools founder and director Charles Jardine looks back on 2017 and forward to another year of providing this great initiative to schools across the UK. What an extraordinary year our 10th anniversary has been.  Not only has the growth of our schools activities been prodigious but we have set standards in this area…

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Government give homes and businesses a legal right to demand broadband by 2020

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There is hope for the 1.1 million rural homes and businesses that still can’t receive decent broadband as today (Wednesday 20th December) the Government rejected the voluntary offer from BT to deliver broadband and will give individuals the legal right to demand 10 Mbps by 2020. The Countryside Alliance welcomes this move by Government to…

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Angling clubs provide Christmas bonus for Fishing for Schools

| Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release, Uncategorised

Our Fishing for Schools (F4S) initiative received two very generous donations from fishing clubs last week showing the growing importance within the fishing community of supporting the anglers of the future. F4S provides short angling courses at schools across the country, to aid the education of 12- to 18-year-olds who may not respond to traditional…

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Sheffield school pupils rewarded with a visit from Falconry for Schools

| Falconry for Schools, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

Fifty children from a Sheffield school were rewarded for their good behaviour and hard work with a visit from Dusty the African spotted eagle owl and Oslo the Harris hawk from the Falconry for Schools programme.  The birds and handler Rhiannon Cowling were invited into school today (13 December) as part of a “golden card”…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes new animal welfare bill but questions its timing

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Press Release

Today the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, published a draft bill to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years in England and Wales. The draft bill also sets out that the government “must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government…

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Falconry for Schools brings feathered fun to West Yorkshire school

| Falconry for Schools, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

A hundred students from Ryburn Valley High School in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire took part in Falconry for Schools fun over four days last month. The pupils, mostly from Years 7 and 8, plus a handful of 6th form vocational skills students, enjoyed visits from falconer Rhiannon Cowling and her birds on 14, 15, 17 and…

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Meet the regional finalists for the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards

| Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Awards, Latest News, Press Release

The finalists in the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with businesses from across the country going head to head for a regional title and a shot at national glory. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses….

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MSP misguided in hunt ban campaign

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

Green MSP, Alison Johnstone, has stated that she intends to bring forward a member’s bill at Holyrood that would impose a total ban on hunting. Jamie Stewart, Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance said: “Ms Johnstone seems to have wholly misunderstood both the current legislation and the review carried out by Lord Bonomy on behalf…

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Lancashire school children get all of a flutter with Falconry for Schools

| Falconry for Schools, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

Falconry for Schools spent two days at Heathland School in Accrington on 20 and 23 November teaching Senior 2 and 3 pupils all about raptors and falconry.  Siobhan Robinson from the school said: “I’d just like to say that Rhiannon who ran the course was brilliant, she was very knowledgeable and really got the pupils…

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