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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.
Friday, 5 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance political team will be busy during Party Conference season, holding events each of the conferences to encourage debate on key rural issues.We will debate what the parties must do to win the rural vote at the General Election in 2015 and will be launching our General Election Manifesto to prompt and enhance debate. At each conference we will also look at wildlife management and boast a range of high profile speakers lined up to speak at each conference, including each party's Defra team and the Secretary of State, Liz Truss MP, at the Conservatives. Click here to find out about our events, where and when they will be held and who will be on each panel. The Conferences kick off with Labour from 21-24 September in Manchester then move to UKIP at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday September 26 and Saturday September 27 (our event timings are pending). The Conservatives will hold their conference in Birmingham from 29 September until 1 October and the Liberal Democrats will hold theirs in Glasgow from 4-8 October. We look forward to welcoming politicians and delegates at each.