FishPal presented The Tweed Foundation with a cheque of £585 yesterday. The donation is collected from anglers when booking their fishing on FishPal’s Tweed pages. Tweed Foundation Director, Fay Hieatt, said “We are incredibly grateful to FishPal and the Tweed anglers for making this contribution towards our education work on the river.
“The TweedStart initiative – teaching children about river conservation and giving them their first opportunity to have a go at fly fishing – has been very successful and we hope it encourages kids of all ages to take more of an interest in the river. Our next generation of anglers needs to be fostered to ensure that the fishing community on the river can thrive in the future.”
“We are increasing our education work in the Borders and now have a full-time education officer who is offering schools the opportunity to get involved with more studies incorporating the Tweed. Classroom visits under our new “Go Wild For Fish” banner include interactive lessons allowing children to keep a tank of fish in the classroom and care for them, as well as learning more about the fish life cycles, their habitat and the wider issues that are fish stocks are currently facing.”
“We hope that this early introduction to the river on their doorstep will be the start of a life-long passion for the Tweed – and possibly for angling as well, which is shared by so many people who come here to fish.”