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  • RSPB Birdcrime ReportThursday, 30 October 2014
    ".... the report makes sweeping allegations against the shooting community, and grouse shooting in particular – allegations that are not consistent with the evidence provided."
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  • Fishing 4 Schools scheme celebratedTuesday, 28 October 2014
    Youngsters from more than 20 schools across England and Wales became Fishing 4 Schools Champions at Parliament on 27th October.
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  • Hunt Tumblers ClubThursday, 16 October 2014
    We are running a Hunt Tumblers Club in association with Pol Roger Champagne this season - click to read how to win a magnum
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The RSPB's Birdcrime 2013 report - "sweeping allegations against the shooting community"

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Countryside Alliance Director for Shooting Adrian Blackmore writes: The RSPB’s Birdcrime Report for 2013, which was published on Thursday 30th October 2014, provides a summary of the offences against wildlife legislation that were reported to the RSPB in 2013. It should be noted that in 2009, the RSPB took the decision to focus on bird crime that affected species of high conservation concern, and crime that it regarded as serious and organized. The figures supplied do not therefore give a total figure for wild bird crime in the UK in 2013, and they are not comparable with figures provided for years prior to 2009.

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Rural Oscars celebrate 10 years with Champion of Champions scheme

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the “Rural Oscars,” are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Every UK Champion of the last ten years is being invited back to re-compete for Champion of Champions titles across four categories. The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars,’ were created out of a need to support and promote rural communities and have become the rural award to win. The Champion of Champions scheme is a way of thanking all Champions for their contribution to rural life and for helping to make the Awards a success. A similar scheme is running in Wales to honour ten years of the awards at the Senedd. Champions from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will compete for public votes across four categories: Local Food; Village Shop/ Post Office; Traditional and Enterprise. The vote is open online from 1st-30th November at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk.

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Countryside Alliance calls on the Government to address fly-tipping blight

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the annual release of fly-tipping figures from Defra today (30 October) which enables us to see the true picture of this problem. With a 20% increase of fly-tipping on public land last year, and a cost to the public purse that has increased by 24% to £45.2m, it is clearly time to put a stop to this crime.

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Barney White-Spunner had a meeting about ACPO

Downing Street meeting on ACPO issue - the way ahead

Friday, 24 October 2014

Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chair of the Countryside Alliance writes: We had a helpful and constructive meeting in Downing Street this morning to discuss the ACPO Firearms initiatives and their proposed Crimestoppers campaign. It was acknowledged that there are various issues that need to be addressed and the Countryside Alliance and ACPO agreed that we would work closely together to resolve them. Chief Constable Andy Marsh and I will be meeting again in the very near future after which we will be writing to the shooting community to explain the way forward, which looks to be sensible and positive.

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Win a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition

Thursday, 16 October 2014

In conjunction with the new 2014/15 hunting season The Countryside Alliance, generously supported by Pol Roger Champagne are running a new competition. We would like you to send in your photographs (open to amateurs only) of the most humorous tumble that you manage to capture on camera this season, to celebrate the brave souls that go hunting and the trusty steeds that carry them.

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New firearms guidance from the Home Office - our advice to certificate holders

Monday, 13 October 2014

Shotgun and firearm certificate holders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their guns are always kept securely, so as to prevent possession by unauthorised persons. The Countryside Alliance fully supports this responsibility, one which is taken very seriously by the overwhelming majority of shooters. From 15th October the police will be checking that guns are being securely stored, by way of unannounced visits to certificate holders. New Guidance from the Home Office has been published as follows:

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National Trust Council Elections - 8 November 2014

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The National Trust AGM will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 8 November at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon. There are 24 people standing for seven vacancies on the Trust council. National Trust members can vote for up to seven candidates. Whilst it is up to Countryside Alliance members, who are also members of the National Trust, how they use their vote, we very much hope they will read the candidates’ CVs carefully and vote for rural minded people. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance’s political team on 020 7840 9260.

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