Thamesview School victorious in the Fishing for Schools Kent Match Shield competition

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Uncategorised

An excellent day was had at Grove Farm, Hadlow College on Tuesday 26 September for the Kent Inter-schools Match Shield, which is run by Fishing for Schools Kent. Five school teams took part, with four students on each team. Two students from each team fished at one time, swapping over at convenient intervals. The eventual…

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Follow the code

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The Code of Good Shooting Practice has been updated this year, and we should all be familiar with it and abide by it, says the Countryside Alliance’s director of shooting, Adrian Blackmore.  We should be proud of our shooting sports as the United Kingdom has something that is extremely special, and the envy of game…

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Fundraising fishing event raises cash for new Fishing for Schools group

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A fabulous fundraising angling event was held at Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District on Saturday (23 Sept) in aid of the new Fishing for Schools South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire group. Twenty-five people took part in the fishing competitions and then carried on to a very jolly meal and raffle at the nearby Ladybower…

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Fundraising jockeys racing for TCAF at Aintree Countryside Day

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Eight riders will line-up to race at Aintree in aid of The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF) on 29 October. The charity race – where riders compete on borrowed horses – is part of the third annual Aintree Countryside Day, which is a great day out for all the family. It is also the course’s Old Roan Chase…

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Update on the European Consultation on the continued use of lead shot

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The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) consultation, directed by the European Commission, sought scientific evidence for and against its proposal to harmonise European legislation governing the use of lead shot over wetlands. In addition, the consultation requested feedback on proposals to add ‘peatlands’ to the current restrictions, the banning of possession of lead cartridges on or…

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August’s tips for young anglers, with Bob Goble

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July started unseasonably warm, with record temperatures in the south east – though cooler and wetter elsewhere. I suspect August will be much the same. Trout fishing has been difficult , with some fisheries deciding to close until the end of the month. Trout are a cold water species and don’t tolerate water that is too…

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Yorkshire students get hooked on angling with two-day Fishing for Schools course

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Pupils from Dearne Advanced Learning Centre, at Goldthorpe near Rotherham, enjoyed two days of fishing-themed fun, thanks to the national Fishing for Schools scheme. The Fishing for Schools Derbyshire and Yorkshire team and local chef Ben Atkinson challenged the pupils to a MasterChef style cook off on the first day (6 July) with Year Seven…

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Devon school kids go wild for raptors with a visit from Falconry for Schools

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Youngsters from Clawton Primary School in Holsworthy, Devon, took a walk on the wild side, with a visit from Falconry for Schools. Falconry for Schools instructor Sharon Bindon brought six of her birds into the classroom for a two-day project, teaching the year five and six pupils all about our native raptors and how falconers…

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Fishing 4 Schools East celebrates two generous donations

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Outdoor Education, Press Release, Uncategorised

Fishing 4 Schools  Eastern region has recently received two  major contributions to its projects. The Thetford-based Shadwell Estate Company donated £1,300 to help provide a 10-session course to youngsters at Thetford Academy over the past two months. The course focussed on children who had been excluded from mainstream education because of behavioural issues and F4s volunteer Andrew Matthews said the…

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Remembering Clarissa at 70

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

Saturday 24th March would have been the 70th birthday of Clarissa Dickson Wright, one half of the popular cooking duo Two Fat Ladies (the other half being the late Jennifer Paterson) and dynamic, outspoken cook, rural champion and passionate defender of our way of life. Her untimely death in March 2015 meant she never saw…

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Countryside Alliance raises awareness of the risk of wildfires

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Wildfires have the capability to devastate farmland, wildlife and protected habitats, as well as the lives of people living and working in rural communities. The risk at spring time is particularly prevalent as dead vegetation left over from the winter, higher temperatures and lower humidity levels can come together with deadly effect. The Countryside Alliance…

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