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Shooting & conservation


Shooting is worth £2 billion annually to the rural economy and supports 74,000 jobs. Over 600,000 people shoot and over 2 million hectares are actively managed for shooting in the UK creating proven conservation benefits and preserving important habitats. Yet shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love. The Countryside Alliance works to promote and protect the enormous contribution traditional shooting activity makes to the economy, communities and the environment.

Our public opinion research drives our campaign and ensures that we know which buttons to press to address public and political opinion. Our hugely successful Game-to-Eat campaign, which has increased sales of healthy, environmentally friendly game by more than 60 per cent, is a direct outcome of our research and hard work. Other Alliance projects, include getting more young people involved in shooting and National Shooting Week, which has introduced thousands of newcomers to the sport, all help to make shooting accessible and create new attitudes towards shooting.

The Countryside Alliance has the experience and the expertise to fight the big battles for the future of shooting in Westminster, Brussels and the devolved parliaments, as well as in the national and local media.


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Countryside Alliance and Country Life seek "Britain's Best Sporting Pub"

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance has teamed up with Country Life magazine to find "Britain's Best Sporting Pub". This competition aims to celebrate traditional pubs such as coaching inns The Buccleuch Arms at Melrose, the Swan at Tarporley and Jamaica Inn at Launceston or medieval establishments including the Lord Crewe in the Durham uplands, central to shooting at Blanchland Moor. All have a long history of support for their local hunts or shoots. Support for the local community is the driving factor, a good example of which is the Cresselly Arms in West Wales (which is seasonal and supports the cricket team in the summer). We have all been to a pub after a day in the field where a warm welcome awaits and it is a well-established and comforting part of our rural heritage.

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New course allows gamekeepers to continue using rodenticides

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A new one-day course will allow gamekeepers to go on controlling rats using professional rodenticides after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deadline of 1 July 2016.
Representative bodies for shooting and gamekeeping, including the Countryside Alliance,  have combined with the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) and with BASIS Registration Ltd (BASIS), to offer a new course, Rat Control for Gamekeepers.

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Defra research supports current best practice in gamebird rearing

Friday, 24 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that Defra-funded research into the use of raised laying units, published today (24 July), supports the existing Defra Code for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, used by the British gamebird industry.
The research shows that the current Code of Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, as was proposed by the working group set up by Defra, is fit for purpose.

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The Law Commission announces "scoping review" of firearms legislation

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: This week the Law Commission launched what it described as a "scoping consultation" to find out what the most pressing problems are with regards to the many and varied pieces of firearms legislation in this country (read their press release here). I have before written about the Commission's unenviable task of pulling together the 30+ pieces of legislation governing firearms and attempting to streamline the law in line with both public interest and fairness to the licensed shooting community.

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Countryside Alliance and Petplan's gundog insurance

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Read on for information about the Countryside Alliance and Petplan's gundog insurance offering - signing up online will entitle you to a 10% discount.

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New grouse recipe leaflet launched ahead of the Glorious 12th

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance's dedicated game promotion campaign, Game-to-Eat, has launched a new grouse recipe leaflet ahead of the Glorious 12th. The leaflet features grouse recipes donated by some of the country's top game chefs including Tom Kitchin, Mark Hix, our development chef Lee Maycock and new trailblazing game outfits including Eat Wild and John Doe. Try grilled spatchcock grouse, smoked grouse crostini,  grouse pate or a beer-can grouse with BBQ sauce. Get your copy now from Copies will be available on-stand at the CLA Game Fair. 

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9th September - Shoot Seminar at Loyton Lodge nr Tiverton

Friday, 17 July 2015

A shoot seminar will take place on Wednesday 9 September from 5.45-8.30pm at Loyton Lodge, Morebath, Tiverton, Devon EX16 9ASThe Shoot Seminar is brought to you by Clarke Willmott and will be an opportunity to discuss current issues affecting shoots and participants in the field. The information gained from this event will help ensure there are as few chinks in the armour as possible. A number of topical issues will be covered, and speakers for the event are:

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The popularity of shooting continues to grow

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A recent parlimentary written question tabled by Jim Shannon MP has revealed that shooting's popularity is continually growing. The question tabled was 'how many shotguns and firearms permit holders there were in each of the last five years?' The answer was provided in the form of a table (below), submitted by the Minister in charge of licensing Mike Penning. 

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A new alliance for the future of lead shot

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: I am happy to be able to update you on where we are with the lead issue following my resignation from the Lead Ammunition Group a few weeks ago. I promised that we were in no way moving away from the issue and can now explain what I mean by that. Two Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) reports have now been presented to Defra.

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New 2015/16 shooting badges are now available

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Thank you for supporting the work of the Countryside Alliance through buying a shooting badge. These badges have become iconic over the 15 and more years we have been producing them. We change the colour annually and this year are happy to present the badges in a purple colour - a solid colour Season badge for £100 and a £15 Supporter badge in a camouflage-print version. Buy yours here.

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