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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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3 May 2017
Religious leaders have not particularly featured prominently in fisheries team blogs to date, not unless you count the pope more commonly known as the daddy ruffe in the Midlands and North. Until I came across the life story of Father Oliver Kennedy, I had never expected to be writing a tribute to an Irish Catholic priest.
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
25 April 2017
In October 2016 Simon Nickless and his partner Steve Dudley trounced a high class field in the 2016 Canal & River Trust/Angling Trust canal pairs final. I couldn’t wait to meet up with Simon to find out about his angling career and what makes him tick.
18 April 2017
Back in the summer of 1966 both the football world cup and the freshwater world angling championships were held in England. Due to the achievements of Bobby Moore’s boys, the English nation was in a state of euphoria. The question on the lips of the nation’s anglers in the lead up to the River Thurne event was whether England’s fishing team could make it a sporting double.
7 April 2017
When most people think about mussels, they’ll either think about coastal rock pools or the French dish Moules Marinara. However not many people are aware of their freshwater cousins, which include the diminutive Pea Mussel, through to the large and more common Swan Mussel.
22 March 2017
Fishing in all its forms has a fascinating history. Thanks largely to the hard work and dedication of secretary Fred Lancaster, with some help from us, the Society has produced a detailed club history. Here are some interesting snippets for your perusal.
9 March 2017
Someone once said that you learn something new every day if you pay attention. It was a chance conversation with Keith Elliott, editor of Classic Angler that pricked my ears up and made me re-assess what I believed was probably the correct answer to the question as to which is the world’s oldest angling club.
3 March 2017
Wolverhampton born and bred, the inimitable Stan Ward sadly passed away on Saturday 25 February 2017 while taking part in round four of the Staffs Individual Winter League on the Shropshire Union Canal at High Onn, Church Eaton, Staffordshire. Here’s a short tribute to Stan, brought to you by Lynn Cope and Paul Turner.
21 February 2017
In this article, John Ellis takes a forward look to the upcoming Angling Trust Division One National, which this year is being held on the Shropshire Union Canal north and south of Market Drayton.
The team undertake a diverse range of work including looking after the Trust's £40 million worth of fish stocks, managing agreements with over 250 different angling clubs and helping more people, especially youngsters, take up angling on the canal. Follow this blog to keep updated with the thoughts and work of the team.