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"Let's get real about wildlife" debate at Labour Party Conference

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance held its first fringe meeting at this year's Labour Party Conference on the issue of wildlife management. The meeting was chaired by Johnny Heald of ORB International and speakers included Angela Smith MP, Shadow Defra Minister, David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs RSPCA, Jim Barrington, Animal Welfare Consultant and our very own Tim Bonner.

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Kate Hoey MP to step down as Alliance Chairman

Friday, 19 September 2014

Our Chairman, Kate Hoey MP, sadly informed the Board meeting on Tuesday that she would be standing down after the party conferences. She said: "I am sad to be resigning after more than 9 years as Chairman of the Countryside Alliance.

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Our magazine's 'Countryside in War' series begins with horses in the Great War

Thursday, 18 September 2014

To commemorate the centenary of the Great War the Countryside Alliance's magazine will, over the next four years, include articles in a series entitled "The Countryside in War." First in this series is a piece on the horses used in the great war, the numbers, the logistics and the fears of the men who cared for them. Click here to read the piece, which begins with this quote from HM the King written in a letter to Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: "It was a pleasure to me to find from the admirable condition of the horses and mules of the various units I inspected that the new Armies fully uphold our national reputation as good horse-masters." (NB in the print version received by members there is a printing error curtailing this article.)

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Vodafone wants to bring 3G to your village

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vodafone wants to bring 3G to your village and you have until October to apply. Vodafone has just launched a new programme which could bring better mobile coverage to 100 villages and is looking for communities which have little or no mobile access to apply for installation of Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal technology. The programme’s initial trial saw 12 rural communities across the UK connected for the first time

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67% of RSPB donors support translocation

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hen harrier numbers arouse great passions. The disagreement over potential recovery programmes has been so strong that despite decades of debate they have not been introduced and we are left with very few hen harriers on English Uplands.
We wondered what, beyond noisy campaigners like ourselves, was the opinion of ordinary people? So last week the opinion poll company TNS asked the public for their views. What did they think of translocation of harrier chicks? Would they support it if they knew it was being done on grouse moors? And, the key question, could they accept gamekeepers being involved?
Given how vocal some activists are against translocation we were very surprised by the results. Among RSPB donors - a good proxy for those who are passionate about birds - an overwhelming 67% supported translocation even when they knew it was being done on grouse moors by gamekeepers.

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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should be able to show that they had tried non-lethal methods of control such as scaring before resorting to the gun. The Countryside Alliance was active against this proposal when it was first proposed in 2005 and was similarly active and vocal this time.

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Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

With Autumn upon us maybe you are looking for new things to try with your horse to banish those end of summer blues, so why not give hunting a go? If you think it looks like fun and would like to try it then our Hunting Newcomers Week running from 18th - 25th October could be the perfect place for you to start. You do not need any special kit or clothes to take part and will be guided by an experienced hunt follower who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

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