Thursday, 24 July 2014
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: There are hundreds of thousands of hen harriers in the world. Hundreds of pairs breed in Scotland, dozens in Wales, but very few in England. There is nothing new about the lack of breeding hen harriers in England, they have been very rare for a hundred years or more. Nor is there any doubt about the original reason for their absence as they have never been popular either with gamekeepers or poultry farmers and, as a ground nesting species, are particularly vulnerable to persecution and predation.Read more
Thursday, 24 July 2014
The Commonwealth Games are now underway in Glasgow following a spectacular opening ceremony yesterday. The shooting competitions begin at the Barry Buddon Centre on Friday 24th July with a packed day including the Women's Skeet gold and bronze medal competitions. The schedule is here. Good luck to all home nations athletes, including Countryside Alliance staff member and Team England member Geri Buckley and double trap world champion Tim Kneale, representing the Isle of Man, who have both been sharing their thoughts with us in the lead up to the Games. Check the shooting page of our website for more, and for updates on results.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Do you suffer from poor mobile phone coverage in your community? If so, Vodafone wants to bring 3G to your village. Vodafone has just launched a new programme which could bring better mobile coverage to 100 villages and is looking for communities which have little or no mobile access to apply for installation of Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal technology. The programme’s initial trial saw 12 rural communities across the UK connected for the first timeRead more
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
A study for Ofcom has revealed today (22 July) that good mobile phone reception and the ability to use your phone or tablet to access the internet are essential to modern rural life.
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.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Commenting on the announcement of Liz Truss as Secretary of State for the Environment, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Barney White-Spunner, said: “Owen Paterson has worked extremely hard as Secretary of State and has always had the interests of the countryside and rural communities clearly at heart, but the Alliance remains concerned that no matter who is environment secretary, fundamental issues within the department make this an almost impossible role.
Monday, 7 July 2014
Shooting is worth £2 billion a year to the UK economy and provides significant conservation benefits according to the results of independent research released today (click here) by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance.
The figures are outlined in a new report – The Value of Shooting – conducted by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC). It is the most comprehensive research into the economic, environmental and social contributions of shooting ever undertaken in the UK.Read more