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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance held its fringe on wildlife management at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 29th Septemebr. The panel, chaired by Johnny Heald of polling company ORB International, included Lord de Mauley, Defra minister, Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, former Environment Secretary the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP and our own Tim Bonner.

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2015 General Election Manifesto - download it here

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ahead of the May 2015 General Election the Countryside Alliance has launched its manifesto which it will use as a tool to communicate with all parties and candidates to put the countryside's case. The manifesto is presented under five headings: digital communications; food & farming; rural communities; rural services and wildlife management. Under each heading are facts, stats and changes we would like to see made. Download the manifesto here.

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Win tickets to Countryside Day at Cheltenham

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The iconic Countryside Day at Cheltenham will take place on Friday 14th November, kicking off the three day Open meeting. You have a chance to win tickets for you and a guest to enjoy Countryside Day at The Open, thanks to Cheltenham Racecourse. Enjoy a three course buffet lunch and afternoon tea while you watch the action from the track. Simply answer the below question to be entered into a draw:
Which horse won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase during the Countryside Day in 2013, which jockey was on board and who was the trainer?
Email your three-part answer to news@countryside-alliance.org by Thursday 2nd October at 12 noon. The winner will be contacted by email.

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Come to a shoot seminar in Herefordshire, 8th October

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Shoot Seminar will take place at Bishopswood House, Bishopswood, Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5QZ on Wednesday 8 October from 5.45pm - 8.30pm, including drinks and a hot supper. Click here to register. The seminar will cover current issues affecting shoots and participants in the field. Whilst we are amidst the shooting season the information gained from this event will help ensure there are as few chinks in the armour as possible. We are covering a number of topical issues which can be implemented for the remainder of this season and used in the planning, costing and running of next season too. The seminar is being run by Clarke Willmott in association with Smiths Gore, Smith & Williamson and the Countryside Alliance. Read on for a schedule. 

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Countryside Alliance supports plan for mobile phone companies to share more masts

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the idea of passive sharing of mobile phone masts, being considered by the country’s four mobile operators - read story here
EE, O2, Vodaphone and Three had opposed Government plans for a national roaming scheme that would have forced them to allow non-customers to use their networks when out of range for their own provider.
Under the passive sharing scheme operators would allow their rivals to add their own equipment to masts and boost the signal in areas of poor reception. The idea is now being considered by the companies as an alternative to national roaming.

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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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Outdoor Education

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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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