Monday, 1 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance has joined forces with several other major rural and animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, the NFU and World Horse Welfare, to launch a landmark report into the horrors of fly-grazing ahead of a parliamentary committee discussion on the issue.Read more
Monday, 21 July 2014
An epetition has been launched by the GWCT entitled "Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan - publish it". The e-petition is aimed at DEFRA and states: "There are thousands of square miles of suitable habitat, but very few breeding pairs of hen harriers in England. If the remaining chicks die, the hen harrier will effectively be extinct as a breeding species in England. Defra said it would stop extinctions like this. In August 2012 Defra asked moor owners, gamekeepers and conservation groups, including the RSPB, to work together and write a single plan to restore England’s precious hen harrier. They reviewed the evidence and scientific literature to prepare their joint plan. Since January 2014 Defra could have published the plan; but has not. For the sake of the hen harrier, Defra must resist external pressure to meddle with the plan. England’s hen harrier population is too fragile to wait any longer. You have it in your gift to save the English hen harrier and return it across our skies. Do it. Be brave and publish the hen harrier recovery plan today – the clock is ticking." Sign the e-petition today and please encourage others to do likewise.
Saturday, 1 June 2013
British shooting and country land management organisations reiterate last year's campaign reminding individuals to comply with the law on the use of lead shot. In England, it has been illegal to use lead shot over all foreshore, specified Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and for the shooting of all wildfowl wherever they occur, since 1999; and in Wales since 2004. In Scotland and Northern Ireland it is illegal to use lead shot over wetlands.Read more
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Countryside Alliance's Christmas card collection for 2014 is onsale now. The nine designs by popular artists including Daniel Crane, Mary Ann Rogers feature wintry hunting, shooting, racing and wildlife scenes, including a hare by Annabel Pope in honour of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright. The cards are available from our marketplace priced between £4.99 and £6.99 and there are 10 cards per pack. Our 2015 calendar is also now available priced at £9.99. Click here to browse and buy.Read more
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
The famous Hampshire Country Sports Day returns to the Tichborne Estate, Alresford, for a family day which includes a terrier & lurcher show, demonstration by Cornish Countryman Chris Green, gundog scurry, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, an inter-hunt relay, falconry, ferrets, terrier racing, a fun dog show, plenty of food and shopping opportunities and much more. This year's show is in honour of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright, who died in March and who always loved this show above all others. Find out more about the show here www.hampshirecountrysportsday.co.uk. Read the countryside's tributes to Clarissa here.Read more
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
We are asking everyone who cares about shooting to write to the Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer (M&S), Marc Bolland, because, barely three weeks before the Glorious Twelfth, it has abandoned plans to expand the number of stores in which it was to have sold grouse. Instead it will not be selling grouse at all in 2014. M&S says it is doing this because it cannot agree “environmental and biodiversity standards” with “key stakeholders”. This came as a surprise as M&S had not been discussing such standards with its suppliers or shooting organisations. What it actually means is that the RSPB, which is actively campaigning against driven grouse shooting, has complained about grouse sales and M&S has rolled over. Read on to write to M&S via our automated system.Read more
Monday, 18 August 2014
The Countryside Alliance is disappointed that rural enterprises have been left out of a Government initiative to improve broadband for small businesses, announced today (18 August).