2009 Borderlines projects.
During February and March the children at Greystoke School were introduced to freshwater life and trout fishing during a series of classroom sessions also a stream dipping trip and a fishing trip on the opening day of the trout season.
April Following classroom sessions the second half of the Moricambe Bay Project got underway with participating schools going from pond dipping to fishing at Crofton Lake. Also ran a Family Fishing Day as part of the project on 15th March with 4 adults and 13 children taking part. The Family Day received some publicity in the Evening News and the Cumberland News.
May The final session of the Moricambe Bay project took place on the 1st May with Wiggonby School fishing at Crofton. The project has been a tremendous success, in addition to a total of 506 children from the 6 schools that took part in both the classroom sessions and the pond dipping and fishing sessions at Crofton Lake.
A further 197 infants at Bolton, Kirkbride, St. Cuthberts and Holm Cultram schools also took part in just the classroom sessions and 4 adults and 13 children took part in the Family Day at Crofton Lake.
In total 716 children and 4 adults took part in the project.
On 7th May Chris worked with 6 children from a School at Brampton introducing them to Entomology and fish biology at New Mills Trout Farm.
On the 9th May Borderlines and the Moricambe Bay Project received some publicity when Chris appeared on BBC Radio Cumbria’s Richard Nankibble’s Show.
On 11th May we began the 1st Phase of the Fishing for Knowledge programme working St Ninians and Penninghame Primary Schools in Newton Stewart, Port William, Loch Rutton and Kirkgunzeon Primary Schools.
On 26th May we ran a junior fly fishing day for the Nith Fishings Improvement Association on Drum Loch working with youngsters from Maxwelltown High Scool.
On 30th May Clive and Chris assisted with the Carlisle Angling Association Junior Day on the River Eden in Rickerby Park Carlisle.
June saw the completion of the first phase of the Fishing for Knowledge programme having completed the first 5 schools with 201 children having taken part in the classroom sessions, pond dipping and fishing sessions.
9th, 30th June and 1st July we ran NFIA junior flyfishing days at Drum Loch working with 4o children from Wallace Hall and Sanqhaur Acadameys and Dumfries High School.
On 8th July Chris did a voluntary session with Eden Valley Hospice talking to 3 disabled young men about angling and introducing them to fly and bait casting.
24th July began the first of a series of 6 half day sessions for the Carlisle Youth Offending Team introducing 4 youths to coarse angling at Crofton Lake near Thursby.
28th July introduced 30 youngsters to coarse angling during a junior session for Impact Housing Association at Mossbay Reservoir, Salterbeck, Workington.
31st July the second session with the Carlisle Youth Offending Team introducing 4 youths to pike and perch fishing took place at Longtown West Pond.
August On Wednesday 5th August Clive, Glyn and Chris ran a Family Fishing Day on the Codgie Pool of the river Esk at Langholm as part of the Fishing for Knowledge project, a total of 21 people took part, 12 in the morning and 9 in the afternoon and although only parr were landed, 2 sea trout were lost and the day was enjoyed by all, several representatives of the sponsors attended this day and we seem to have received some good feedback.
On Friday 7th August Clive and Chris ran the third session of a series of 6 half day sessions for the Carlisle Youth Offending Team introducing 4 youths to bait fishing on the river Eden at Carlisle.
On Friday 14th August Clive and Chris ran the fourth session of a series of 6 half day sessions for the Carlisle Youth Offending Team introducing 4 youths to fly fishing on the river Eden at Carlisle.
On Wednesday 19th August introduced 12 youngsters to coarse angling during 3 hour junior session for Impact Housing Association at Mossbay Reservoir, Salterbeck, Workington. We usually get much higher numbers than this at this venue but the weather was horrendous with torrential rain for much of the session.
Thursday 20th August resumed the Fishing for Knowledge project after the summer school holidays working with Hecklgirth, Hottsbridge, Johnstonebridge and Mouswald Primary Schools.
Friday 21st August Clive and Chris ran the fifth session of a series of 6 half day sessions for the Carlisle Youth Offending Team introducing 4 youths to flounder fishing on the Solway at Glasson Corner we were accompanied by Dr Natalie Djohari currently working for Substance, a research cooperative that has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund to research ‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’.
The project runs for three years from April 09 and in that time they wish to include as many organisations as possible to represent the range of angling activities offered throughout the UK.
Natalie’s main role is to investigate the use of angling as an intervention tool for working with young people who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’ of offending. As this is one of the aims of Borderlines she wanted to find out a little bit more about our work. More information about the research can be found at our web site: www.anglingresearch.org.uk
Friday 28th August ran the fifth session of a series of 6 half day sessions for the Carlisle Youth Offending Team at Carlton Hill Fishery near Carlisle, introducing 4 youths to coarse fishing but finishing off with a fly casting competition. Chris assisted by Lee Cummins.
Saturday September 19th, Clive and Chris assisted by Tony ran a Family Flounder Fishing Day on the Solway at the Powfoot Golf Hotel as part of the Fishing for Knowledge Project. The day went well the weather was kind and 23 people took part with 10 small flounders being caught, but the star catch was a sea trout of around 1lb caught by Bailey Thomson aged 8.
25th September Clive, Glyn and Chris assisted by Jim and Debbie from the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board ran a Casting for Recovery day for a group of Ladies recovering from breast cancer at Glenkiln Reservoir, Shawhead, Dumfries.
October 1st October completed the first year of the Fishing for Knowledge project completing sessions with Hecklgirth, Hottsbridge, Johnstonebridge and Mouswald Primary Schools with 96 children each taking part in 6 sessions.
Pupils enjoying the Fishing for Knowledge flounder quiz game.