Education is a high priority with S&TCUK, particularly in bringing young people into angling, teaching them waterside etiquette and safety, and introducing them to environmental issues, including the need to manage and protect fish species and the aquatic environment on which they depend.
Actually, if all people could be educated to the extent that there was no human impact on our water environment, then we wouldn’t need to manage anything – fish and their habitats can look after themselves very well on their own; it is only human interference that poses them a problem!
One day beginner courses
S&TCUK Branches around the country organise local tuition days introducing newcomers to the delights of angling and knowledge of the water environment. Without doubt, the highlight of these courses is the ‘bug hunt’, whereby participants are shown how to collect and identify invertebrate samples from rivers and lakes, and thereby plot trends in the health of our waters and, indeed, pick up sudden pollution events when they occur. This fits in very well with the work we undertake with our partners within the Riverfly Partnership (see: Riverfly Partnership). See also Fishing > Learning to Fish