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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. Only 7% were opposed, with only a tiny 2% of them being strongly opposed.

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Win a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition - new for the 2014/15 season!

Tuesday, 16 September 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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“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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Countryside Alliance criticises CPS for "inexplicable" charges against huntsman

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the confirmation from the CPS today (10 September) that all charges relating to members of Cumbria’s Melbreak hunt have been dropped.
Huntsman Edward Liddle had been charged under the Hunting Act and Dangerous Dogs Act after witnesses alleged that illegal hunting took place in Buttermere, Cumbria on 9 March.
Countryside Alliance director of campaigns Tim Bonner said: “Mr Liddle and the Melbreak cooperated fully with the police inquiries from the start and there was never any evidence that Mr Liddle had been in breach of either act, therefore we were surprised when Cumbria Constabulary chose to pursue their inquiries. It was even more inexplicable when the CPS then chose to bring charges against Mr Liddle.

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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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E-campaign - ask your MP to support the Private Members' Bill on fly-grazing

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance is working in coalition with a range of animal welfare and rural organisations trying to get the law changed on fly-grazing. A Private Members' Bill is currently on its way through the House of Commons and we urge you to use the below e-campaign to write to your MP, asking them to support this Bill and help solve this ongoing animal welfare crisis. Fly-grazing is the illegal grazing of horses on public or private land, and an estimated 3,000 horses have been abandoned in this way across England and Wales. It brings with it misery for farmers and landowners who have to deal with the abandoned horses, and misery too for the horses who are out in all weathers with no veterinary care or feed.

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Britain’s birds of prey are a real success story

Friday, 8 August 2014

Populations of the majority of the UK’s birds of prey are now at their highest ever levels, the Countryside Alliance’s report “Birds of prey of the UK and their population trends” shows.
This boom is due to a number of factors, which include the prohibition of organochlorine pesticides such as DDT, the restriction of certain poisons, successful re-introduction schemes, a change in attitude amongst many landowners and the full legal protection of all species.

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