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Vodafone wants to bring 3G to your village

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Do you suffer from poor mobile phone coverage in your community? If so, Vodafone wants to bring 3G to your village. 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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Mobile phones are essential to modern rural life, study shows

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A study for Ofcom has revealed today (22 July) that good mobile phone reception and the ability to use your phone or tablet to access the internet are essential to modern rural life.
Respondents to the study said being able to contact the emergency services, keeping in touch with family and friends and being able to access information, education and entertainment were among the most important services they required.
This research backs up the Countryside Alliance’s assertion that good broadband and mobile phone services are as important to those who live in the countryside as water and energy.

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450 clay shooting lessons given at 2014 CLA Game Fair

Monday, 21 July 2014

Over the three days of the 2014 CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace the Countryside Alliance clay shooting instruction team gave over 450 lessons. They report that 60% of the lessons were to under 16s but there seemed to be more adults, especially ladies,  having a go for the first time this year. Olympic Double Trap Gold Medallist Peter Wilson even came past to say "hi" - click here to see a photo gallery of some of the lessons.

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Sign the e-petition asking for hen harrier joint recovery plan publication

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

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Charles Jardine honoured at CLA Game Fair

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The prestigious Arthur Oglesby Award was presented to Charles Jardine at this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Sunday 20 July. The highly coveted award is given to individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to the sport of fishing and who have made a particular impact in the last year. Past winners include household names such as Bernard Cribbins, Sandy Leventon and Andy Murray.

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Liz Truss on the CA stand at the Game Fair

Appointment of Liz Truss as environment secretary

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Commenting on the announcement of Liz Truss as Secretary of State for the Environment, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Barney White-Spunner, said: “Owen Paterson has worked extremely hard as Secretary of State and has always had the interests of the countryside and rural communities clearly at heart, but the Alliance remains concerned that no matter who is environment secretary, fundamental issues within the department make this an almost impossible role.
“We wish Liz Truss all the best on her appointment and look forward to working with her. We hope that she, her colleagues in Government, and those in the Labour party will take the opportunity over the next 10 months to consider how the next government will deliver rural policy.”

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Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs

Monday, 7 July 2014

Shooting is worth £2 billion a year to the UK economy and provides significant conservation benefits according to the results of independent research released today (click here) by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance.

The figures are outlined in a new report – The Value of Shooting – conducted by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC). It is the most comprehensive research into the economic, environmental and social contributions of shooting ever undertaken in the UK.

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