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Fundraising jockeys racing for TCAF at Aintree Countryside Day

| Events and Competitions, Foundation, Fundraising, Press Release, Uncategorised

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

| Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

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

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

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

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

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

| Falconry for Schools, Outdoor Education, Press Release, Uncategorised

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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The Countryside Alliance Foundation London Marathon team eyes the start line with three weeks to go

| Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Falconry for Schools, Fishing for Schools, Foundation, Latest News, Outdoor Education, Uncategorised

There are now just three weeks to the Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April and our intrepid six-strong team are raring for the off. They are all raising money for our TCAF charities – Fishing 4 Schools, Casting for Recovery and Falconry for Schools. You can sponsor each of them through JustGiving by following the…

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