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PUBLISHED: 11:21 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:59 25 August 2010

FREE fishing sessions are being held to help teach young people about the environment whilst having fun. Youngsters from

FREE fishing sessions are being held to help teach young people about the environment whilst having fun.

Youngsters from Bexley and Greenwich boroughs can take advantage of expert fishing tuition on Tuesday, August 25, at Birchmere Lake, off Southwood Road, Thamesmead.

The event is hosted by the Environment Agency and Thames21, a London charity that aims to open up the city's labyrinth of waterways.

Environment Agency fisheries officer Dave Bartlett said: "This is a great opportunity for young residents to learn about the aquatic environment whilst learning a new skill. It's a fun day out and it's all free."

Children will be talked through every step of fishing from choosing bait to reeling in, the types of fish and landing their first catch.

The event runs from 10am until 3pm. Fishing rods, tackle, bait and licences will be provided on the day.

Last year rod licences generated over £23 million which the Environment Agency puts back into supporting angling projects.

The fine for any angler aged 12 and over without a licence is up to £2,500.

Thames21 is made up of volunteers who help clear waterways of rubbish, dumped shopping trolleys and scrubbing away of graffiti eyesores.

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