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.
Monday, 17 August 2015
The Countryside Alliance has teamed up with Country Life magazine to find "Britain's Best Sporting Pub" - nominate online HERE. 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.Read more
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Members of the Countryside Alliance are invited on a course to gain a key qualification ahead of a landmark deadline. The use of professional rodenticides to control rats becomes subject to stricter regulations early next year as part of the industry’s new stewardship regime. Gamekeepers wishing to continue using the products after the deadline will need relevant credentials and one-day courses that lead to official certification, awarded by BASIS Registration Ltd, have attracted a surge of interest.Read more
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Countryside Alliance Group Membership is available to any group/syndicate with seven or more members. All named members of the group are full members of the Countryside Alliance and, as such, are covered by our insurance policy as individuals both when they are shooting with the group/syndicate and anywhere else if on their own. The insurance covers £10m employers' liability and £10m public/products liability.Read more
Wednesday, 12 August 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:Read more
Friday, 7 August 2015
The Countryside Alliance, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, CLA, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, and the Moorland Association are calling for Defra to implement a plan for hen harrier recovery across England.
Friday, 7 August 2015
Chefs and other staff from London’s oldest restaurant, Rules, made the trip up to Northumberland on Wednesday (5 August) to visit the moors and see where the red grouse that they serve in the restaurant each season comes from.
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more