Fishing for Schools champions celebrated at the House of Commons

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Twenty-four young anglers from across the UK were recognised at the House of Commons yesterday (15 November) in the Fishing for Schools Champions Awards. Fishing for Schools is an initiative run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation, the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides short angling courses to schools across the country, to aid…

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Animal care students learn about birds of prey with Falconry for Schools

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Pupils completing a BTEC Level 2 Animal Care course at Park High School, Colne, Lancashire have been learning about raptors with Falconry for Schools. Our north of England instructor Sandra Johnson and her team have run a course of four mornings with the youngsters – teaching them about the history of falconry,  its uses today…

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Government recognises the value of shooting for curlew conservation

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Environment Minister, Dr Therese Coffey MP, has recognised the benefits of grouse moor management for the curlew, the species of greatest conservation concern in the UK, and has given a commitment to include predator control in conservation projects which Defra funds. Speaking in a Westminster Hall Debate in Parliament on the lowland curlew, the Minister…

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Wet weather could not dampen spirits at the Fishing for Schools eastern region’s open day

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Despite strong wind and rain, two tents being blown over in the early hours of the morning, and a power cut, 40 children from six local primary and secondary schools enjoyed a fabulous day of angling activities at the Fishing for Schools eastern region’s open day on 5 October, at Lenwade, near Norwich. This was…

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

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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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