2014_3_Autumn_-coverCountryside Alliance magazine editor Jill Grieve writes: We are in reflective mood this Autumn. The anniversary of the start of the Great War has seen global commemorations and we will bring you a series of “Countryside in War” features in this and coming issues, highlighting the contributions made by rural people – and animals – to the war effort. Click here for a piece on horses in war*. 

The reflective mood also sees us consider Clarissa Dickson Wright’s legacy (p20) as her friend, Cumbrian farmer Peter Gott, talks of their shared mission. Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on wildlife and rural crime, Chief Constable Simon Prince, writes about working together to combat crime (14), land reform in Scotland is a hot debate (p36), the issue of raptor persecution is tackled head on (p12 and p39) and our Welsh Director writes about access to waterways (p41).

Our new Defra Secretary, Liz Truss, sets out her stall on our letters page with her departmental priorities (p45). Elsewhere, we look forward to the hunting season through the lenses of some top hunting photographers (p16) and through the Worcestershire school that offers hunting as PE (p43) and bring you the highlights of the new Value of Shooting report that finds shooting is worth £2bn to the economy (p30).

Finally, we hope to see you at the mighty Cheltenham Countryside Race Day on November 14 (p11).

Click here to download our Autumn 2014 magazine.

* The horses in war feature is incorrect in the print version of this magazine, please see the correct version online.