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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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Campaign: write to M&S about grouse

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

We are asking everyone who cares about shooting to write to the Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer (M&S), Marc Bolland, because, barely three weeks before the Glorious Twelfth, it has abandoned plans to expand the number of stores in which it was to have sold grouse.  Instead it will not be selling grouse at all in 2014. M&S says it is doing this because it cannot agree “environmental and biodiversity standards” with “key stakeholders”. This came as a surprise as M&S had not been discussing such standards with its suppliers or shooting organisations. What it actually means is that the RSPB, which is actively campaigning against driven grouse shooting, has complained about grouse sales and M&S has rolled over. Read on to write to M&S via our automated system.

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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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Jim Barrington, Bill Oddie & Mark Avery in hunting panel debate at Royal Society

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington will join Bill Oddie, Mark Avery and the GWCT's Andrew Gilruth in a panel discussion "Hunting and its impact on conservation" at the Royal Society in London on 2 September 2014, 7pm. Chris Packham will chair the event, which is being organised by the World Land Trust as part of its "Controversial Conservation 2014 with Chris Packham" series. Read on for more and for ticket information.

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Frosty Morning by Annabel Pope

2014 Christmas card range and 2015 calendar now available

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Countryside Alliance's Christmas card collection for 2014 is onsale now. The nine designs by popular artists including Daniel Crane, Mary Ann Rogers feature wintry hunting, shooting, racing and wildlife scenes, including a hare by Annabel Pope in honour of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright. The cards are available from our marketplace priced between £4.99 and £6.99 and there are 10 cards per pack. Our 2015 calendar is also now available priced at £9.99. Click here to browse and buy.

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Featured event: 14th September - Hampshire Country Sports Day

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The famous Hampshire Country Sports Day returns to the Tichborne Estate, Alresford, for a family day which includes a terrier & lurcher show, demonstration by Cornish Countryman Chris Green, gundog scurry, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, an inter-hunt relay, falconry, ferrets, terrier racing, a fun dog show, plenty of food and shopping opportunities and much more. This year's show is in honour of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright, who died in March and who always loved this show above all others. Find out more about the show here www.hampshirecountrysportsday.co.uk. Read the countryside's tributes to Clarissa here.

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Rural businesses have been left out of Government’s broadband grant scheme

Monday, 18 August 2014

The Countryside Alliance is disappointed that rural enterprises have been left out of a Government initiative to improve broadband for small businesses, announced today (18 August).
Broadband Connection Vouchers will enable businesses in 22 cities across the UK to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to upgrade their broadband connection, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has said.
However this is a missed opportunity to assist rural businesses, says the Countryside Alliance.

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