Taking the Tweed to its future guardians

A new initiative to help foster children's interest in river conservation and fly fishing is being planned by the Tweed Foundation.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 14:43
FishPal CEO, Mark Cockburn, presents the Tweed Foundations Director, Nick Yonge, with a cheque made up of donations from Tweed anglers during 2015 when booking their fishing.

Its TweedStart initiative will provide teachers with a free online educational resource based on river topics.

This includes many aspects of the natural and cultural history of rivers such as fish life cycles, invertebrate (mini beast) identification, other biological features and geography.

The hope is that it will encourage local children to learn using the river on their doorstep as a backdrop to their studies.

All the resource topics will be produced in a way that allows teachers to dip in to Tweed study areas to pick and choose what they want and how they’d like to use it, whether it is to relate a counting-style maths lesson for five-year-olds using fish as a theme, or a biological study for 11-year-olds based around their local area of the River Tweed system.

The resource aims to provide something that can be used to make study more meaningfully related to an area the children already have some connection with.

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The Tweed Foundation is working in cooperation with the Berwick Community Trust to prepare the resource and aims to have it live on the web for the Schools’ Educational days at Glendale and the Border Union in the summer term.

The Tweed Foundation TweedStart resource has been made possible by generous sponsorship, including anglers who have made donations while booking fishing via FishPal (a cheque for £3,069 was handed to the Foundation’s Director for 2015 donations) and from The Sage Rod Company, by contributing £1,800 via a prize draw which the Foundation held last month for a top-of-the-range Sage salmon rod.

The Tweed Foundation is grateful to FishPal, all the anglers who made the donations and the Sage Rod Company for supporting this project.

The resource should be available by the spring.