Welcome to the Countryside Alliance's film page, featuring a series of short films. The films cover a diverse range of issues and are an important way of getting our messages across.
One of the biggest films of 2013 has been our Animal Welfare Consultant Jim Barrington's film "Cruel sport or natural chase?" In this film Jim sorts the prejudices from the realities and the Hunting Act doesn't fare too well. Contributors include our President Baroness Mallalieu and Exmoor Huntsman Tony Wright, the first to be convicted under the Hunting Act but also the first to be acquitted.
July 2013 - ITV Meridian News came to Kimbridge on the Test in Hampshire to learn more about Casting for Recovery, the breast cancer/ fly fishing charity backed by the Countryside Alliance.
March 2013 - David Taylor stalks a fallow doe and explains the process.
February 2013 - Nicky Sadler meets the Banwen Miners' Hunt and wishes them well in their 50th season.
November 2012 - Our Game-to-Eat campaign is, as you know, dedicated to promoting the benefits of game meat. In late October the team took some key food writers stalking and feasting in Sussex and our friends at Fieldsportschannel.tv made a short film of the experience. Featured are official Game-to-Eat chef Lee Maycock and Jack Smallman of South Downs Venison and Game, who took Sunday Times food writer Lucas Hollweg on a stalk. Andrew Webb from www.lovefilm.com also contributes to the piece.
September 2012 - Lee Maycock, the Chef who works closely with our Game-to-Eat campaign, goes shooting with the Hancock family in Yorkshire. Lee learns about moorland management and the bigger picture, from the local economy to heather burning and biodiversity. He then heads to the Queen's Arms at Litton to chat to gamekeeper Chris Harsley about identifying young grouse before preparing a pan fried grouse dish on pea and mint risotto with black pudding.
May/ June 2012 - To mark the start of National Shooting Week 2012 we took some youngsters from the Durand Academy in Stockwell to the West Kent Shooting School to learn the basics and take their first shots.
March 2012 - It's crop protection time. David Taylor, Shooting Campaign Manager at the Countryside Alliance, meets game chef Mark Gilchrist who is trying to keep the wood pigeons off the spring crops. He also gets his hands on the new Browning pigeon (and pheasant and clay) gun: the B725.
March 2012 - Stalwart hunting campaigner and former CA Board Member Nicky Sadler goes out with the Warwickshire and reports back from the frontline.
March 7th 2012 - the annual Parliamentary reception for the Countryside Alliance Awards was a happy occasion. This short film features the newly crowned UK & Ireland Champions and comments from CA Chairman Kate Hoey MP and celebrated cook & countrywoman Clarissa Dickson Wright.
March 2012 - New Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner was interviewed at the Jackson-Stops and Staff Countryside Alliance Point-to-Point on 26th February. On a glorious day Barney outlined his remit, views and hopes in his new role (repeal of the Hunting Act - we'll get there) while our President, Baroness Mallalieu and Angling legend Charles Jardine also contribute.
February 2012 - The Yorkshire Dales are a paradise for rabbits. In order to save the grass for the sheep, that means a lot of fun ferreting and working longdogs. Countryside Alliance director shooting David Taylor goes out with some of the top dog people in the UK to learn about working whippets.
December 2011: Michael Thompson, Master of The Blencathra Foxhounds, the legendary Cumbrian fell pack, and Huntsman Barry Todhunter, discuss the Hunting Act and the impact it has had. And the CA encourages you to support your hunt this Boxing Day.
December 2011: Countryside Alliance shooting campaign manager David Taylor continues Taylor's Travels around the UK - in this instalment David goes wildfowling in Cumbria.
November 2011: Countryside Alliance shooting campaign manager David Taylor meets Highland keeper Jimmie Irvine on an estate in the Monadhliath Hills to watch this great natural drama play out - and learn a little about the politics of deer management in Scotland.
November 2011: Shooting Campaign Manager David Taylor heads to Easter Ross in the North of Scotland in search of geese.
September 2011: The campaigns team is heading off on the Party Conference marathon over the coming weeks. The Conference theme for us this year is the work of The Countryside Alliance Foundation, and this short film will be playing on a loop on-stand. Delegtes will be able to sign up their support of our outdoor education and will also be invited to try a fishing game on a Wii!
September 2011: Youngsters keen on a career in hunting are able to undertake an NVQ in animal care via approved skills provider Haddon Training. The course, which has been designed in collaboration with the MFHA, provides a solid qualification for those set on a career in hunting. Watch the short film on the course here, and hear NVQ learner William Parker, who is learning on site with the Kimblewick, talk about taking the course.
August 2011: The Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth Estate Manager Nick Wood explain what winning the Countryside Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award means to them.
July 2011: Top Chef Lee Maycock takes Game-to-Eat's message to some catering students at Hertford College.
June 2011: Our short film on food labelling exposes the scandal of Country of Origin Labelling (COOL)
June 2011: Charles Jardine and the pupils of Midhurst Rother College in Sussex show you why The Countryside Alliance Foundation's Fishing for Schools project is a winner
Television presenter and countryman Phil Spencer goes pigeon shooting and ends the day taking a deer too!
Countryside Alliance Director for Wales Rachel Evans looks at the big issues facing rural Wales
CA Chief Executive Alice Barnard sets out her stall for 2011
Ahead of the Government's response to the Home Affairs Select Committee's Firearms Report, CA Deputy Chief Executive Rob Gray looks at what the Government will do
The Quantock Staghounds issue a compelling call for repeal of the Hunting Act
The Countryside Alliance is a major backer of Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the fly fishing charity for women who have, or have had, breast cancer. Watch the movie here.
New CA Chief Executive Alice Barnard talks about rural issues
Every autumn, Scottish stags clatter into each other and roar out their desire for their hinds.
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