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  • The main parties' rural commitmentsFriday, 17 April 2015
    Our political team brings you a digest of the main political parties' rural commitments as laid out in their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May.
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  • RSPCA drops final case against a huntWednesday, 18 March 2015
    The RSPCA has this week dropped its last prosecution of a hunt. The Society informed Will Bryer of the Cattistock's solicitor that it will not be pursuing its case.
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  • Rock the rural voteWednesday, 4 March 2015
    Take part in our e-lobby of parliamentary candidates ahead of May's General Election, asking for support for the Alliance's manifesto priorities from rural services to food & farming and wildlife management.
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General Election 2015 - we bring you a summary of main party manifestos

Friday, 17 April 2015

The main political parties have now published their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We have been through each manifesto in order to bring you each party's rural commitments according to our own campaigning priorities, as set out in our own manifesto. Click here to find out what each party plans in terms of food & farming, digital communications, wildlife management, services and communities & housing. We are running an e-lobby where you can ask your parliamentary candidates to back our manifesto - click here to take part and please feed back any responses from your candidates to election@countryside-alliance.org

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General Election 2015 - the main parties on Wildlife Management

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The main parties have now launched their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We bring you the main points from each one relating to a key part of our own manifesto - wildlife management. Read our own manifesto chapter on wildlife management here.

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Operation EASTER 2015 ~ stopping egg thieves

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wild birds are now nesting - many have already laid eggs - and the national campaign to protect them is underway. Egg thieves will go to any lengths to raid the nests of rare species but Operation EASTER is determined to stop them in their tracks. Operation EASTER is a campaign which was developed in Scotland and is now facilitated by the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in conjunction with UK Police Forces and partner agencies, including the Countryside Alliance. The operation targets egg thieves by sharing intelligence across the UK to encourage enforcement action.

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Political leaders outline their rural visions

Friday, 3 April 2015

Ahead of the General Election on 7th May David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Leanne Wood have written for us, outlining their thoughts on the countryside and their plans for it. Click here for the articles, and please use our candidates e-lobby facility to lobby your candidates directly, asking them to back our own manifesto. We will bring you each party's manifesto on publication and will analyse the rural commitments made.

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24 May - Foxcote Frolic - sign up to the sponsored ride or clay shoot

Sunday 24th May - The Foxcote Frolic, a fundraiser for The Countryside Alliance Foundation and WheelPower at the Foxcote Estate, Andoversford, Cheltenham GL54 4LL by kind permission of Mark and Rosie Vestey.  This family day out will feature a 15k and 5k sponsored ride, a clay pigeon shooting competition with £1,000 in prize money (kindly donated by Bowles & Wyre lanscape gardeners), have-a-go archery, trade stands and catering by local hunts. There will also be a 3km cross country run (or walk) around the estate. Gates 9am, last ride 3pm. 

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Photo by Jim Taig

Stolen gundogs – what to do?

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dog theft, especially of working dogs, continues to be a huge problem in rural areas. With the increase in popularity of fieldsports comes the increase in demand for trained dogs and thieves see valuable gun dogs as a saleable commodity. DogLost has stated that almost 50% of its missing dog reports actually relate to working dogs.

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Casting for Recovery's 2015 retreats now open to applications

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the medical charity which offers wellness retreats which combine counselling with fly fishing, invites ladies who have (or have had) breast cancer to apply to join a retreat this year. Retreats will be held at Mount Falcon, Co Mayo in May, Kimbridge on the Test in Hampshire in July and Forbes of Kingennie near Dundee in September. Attendance is subject to medical clearance and is decided via a ballot. Apply here. The Countryside Alliance is proud to be the founding financial supporter of this incredible charity which gives ladies who have been profoundly affected by cancer the chance to relax on retreat, make new friends and learn the skill of fly casting. It's a magical formula which has been working here in the UK and Ireland for eight years. See www.castingforrecovery.org.uk for more.

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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Re-connecting kids and the countryside
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Food Labelling

Food Labelling

Campaigning for mandatory country of origin meat labelling
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Game to eat

Game to eat

Promoting the great taste of game
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