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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. 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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Tim Bonner: "no evidence" to justify ACPO campaign

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner writes: Our call to action against ACPO's unnecessary campaign to 'improve' firearms security has seen thousands of you email your MPs to ask them to pass your concerns on to the Home Secretary. Articles in the media have criticised this campaign - read Camilla Swift in the Spectator here and Shooting Times here. It is important to point out that no-one has any problems with unannounced checks on firearms licence holders based on intelligence or risk. That principle has been agreed by all shooting organisations and incorporated into the Home Office guidance.

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‘Unjustified’ ACPO plans will alienate shooting community, says CA

Monday, 13 October 2014

A campaign announced today by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) asking people to report signs of radicalisation, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism among firearms licence holders has been described as "unjustified and ill-judged" by the Countryside Alliance. ACPO has also asked police forces to carry out random unannounced security checks on gun owners. There are more than two million shotguns and firearms held under licence in the UK of which just 415 were lost or stolen in 2013, a figure that ACPO itself admits is a "tiny fraction of the number of lawfully held guns". The number of lost and stolen guns is also falling.

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New firearms guidance from the Home Office - our advice to certificate holders

Monday, 13 October 2014

Shotgun and firearm certificate holders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their guns are always kept securely, so as to prevent possession by unauthorised persons. The Countryside Alliance fully supports this responsibility, one which is taken very seriously by the overwhelming majority of shooters. From 15th October the police will be checking that guns are being securely stored, by way of unannounced visits to certificate holders. New Guidance from the Home Office has been published as follows:

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Ask your MP to oppose the ACPO firearms campaign

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) new campaign asking people to report signs of radicalisation, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism among firearms license holders is unjustified and ill-judged. We have this afternoon launched an e-campaign encouraging people to write to their MP via our website asking them to challenge ACPO on their fear-mongering. If you join us in our views against this campaign that may encourage an untrusting and vindictive attitude from friends and neighbours, please click on the link below and show your support by calling on your MP to challenge ACPO’s campaign by writing to the Home Secretary on your behalf.

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Go wild for game this season

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Eating game is cheap, it’s healthy, it benefits the countryside, and it is in season now. What’s not to like? The number one benefit of eating game is its healthiness. Research carried out by Leatherhead Food International* shows how game compares very favourably with other red and white meats. Venison is high in protein, low in saturated fatty acids and contains higher levels of iron than any other red meat. Pheasant and partridge also contain a high level of iron, protein, vitamin B(6) and selenium, which helps to protect cells from damage, reducing the chance of cancer (see link below to the research).

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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

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.

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Buy your 2014/15 shooting badge & get your sweepstake card

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

As the shooting seasons prepare to roll out, the Countryside Alliance's 2014/15 shooting badges, this year in duck egg blue, are now available. The badges come in a solid colour Season badge (£100) and smaller, camouflage Supporter badge (£15) and are a sure way of wearing your support for shooting. This is the 14th year we have unveiled a new colour shooting campaign badge in what has become an extremely collectable series. Buy yours here and read on to order your sweepstake cards.

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Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs

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.

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Compliance with the law on lead shot

Saturday, 1 June 2013

British shooting and country land management organisations reiterate last year's campaign reminding individuals to comply with the law on the use of lead shot. In England, it has been illegal to use lead shot over all foreshore, specified Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and for the shooting of all wildfowl wherever they occur, since 1999; and in Wales since 2004. In Scotland and Northern Ireland it is illegal to use lead shot over wetlands.

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Tim Bonner blogs on gunmakers and the case for lead shot

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: I dropped in to a long established Oxfordshire gun shop recently to thin out my gun cabinet and get a new 20 bore for the boy who is graduating from one barrel to two. Any gunshop is a joy, but this one was especially distracting because alongside the Berettas and Brownings are the whole range of the gunmakers art from Damascus barrels and hammers through to the ultimate development of the English side-by-side shotgun which occurred not in this century, but in the first quarter of the last. It is extraordinary to think that guns being produced in London, and on a much larger scale in Spain and elsewhere on the continent, have not changed fundamentally in design for a hundred years.

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