Shooting is worth £1.6 billion annually to the rural economy and supports 70,000 jobs. Nearly half a million people shoot live quarry 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.
Friday, 7 March 2014
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: In 2005 Natural England's predecessor English Nature consulted on the licences for pest control including the 'open' licence which allows the control of wood pigeons. The suggestion 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 drew ridicule. The Times even ran a story which reviewed the effectiveness of pigeon shooting in a morris dancing suit.Read more
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Fourteen year old Morgan Chalmers has been awarded the Tam Tod Trophy, a prize given in recognition of excellence in young country sports people. The prize is nomination-led and is open to anyone under the age of 21 who actively engages in, and has shown improvements in, their chosen country sport. Morgan was honoured at a reception at the Scottish Parliament on 4th March, where he received his award from Tavish Scott MSP and SCA Educational Trust Chief Executive Fiona Turnbull.Read more
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: You may not know, nor think you care, who Cecilia Malmström is, but I am afraid she is about to become a part of your life if you hold a firearms licence. Ms Malmström is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and the issue of firearms licensing is firmly on her agenda for 2014. Last October she launched a commission paper entitled: "Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking" (read her statement here). Protecting citizens from the consequences of illegal firearm trafficking into and within the EU is a perfectly laudable aim and one which, depending on your views on the European project, it might seem perfectly sensible to tackle on a Europe wide basis.Read more
Thursday, 27 February 2014
National Shooting Week 2014 (24th – 31st May) is now open for event registrations - http://www.nationalshootingweek.co.uk/event-registration. If you own, manage or work at a shooting ground, range or club we want to hear from you! It is simple and quick to register, with the end result being far more interest from new-comers searching our website for somewhere to begin their education.
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Shot for the Pot Shooting and Game Preparation Day in association with the Countryside Alliance, Saturday 29th March 2014, Atkin Grant and Lang Shooting Ground.
Monday, 24 February 2014
The Countryside Alliance welcomes the opportunity to comment on the General & Class licences consultation launched this week by Natural England. However, we have grave concerns regarding some of the proposals contained within the consultation and the adverse impact this would have for farmers, gamekeepers and others undertaking essential pest control and wildlife management.Read more
Monday, 24 February 2014
The 2014 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation Awards are now open. Any type or size of shoot within the UK can enter and entries can be made by individuals, syndicates, estates, farm shoots and wildfowling clubs. Purely commercial shoots are unlikely to be eligible but those engaged in conservation work who let a proportion of their shoot days to defray costs are welcomed.Read more
Friday, 14 February 2014
If you shoot with a shotgun, stalk with a rifle or just control pests, your firearm and shotgun certificates are fundamental to your sport. The Alliance works closely with police forces up and down the country to ensure that your certificate renewal is processed promptly, properly and fairly and most licensing departments do their very best to avoid unnecessary delays. But ensuring speedy renewal is not just down to the police, and together with other shooting associations we are urging our members to play their part in the process. Most forces will send certificate holders a renewal pack 8-12 weeks before the expiry of the old certificate. When you receive a renewal pack, please act promptly.Read more
Monday, 10 February 2014
FACE press release: Instead of focusing on illegal activities with firearms and making full use of existing EU rules on legal firearms, the European Commission plans a full review of these rules. The Commission argues that this change is needed since “legally owned weapons in the EU continue to feed the illegal market” and attempts to substantiate this claim by using obscure and altered data, misleading public opinion and passing over its own failure to enforce EU laws.Read more
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
The Shed restaurant in Notting Hill, which serves produce from its own Sussex farm and vineyard, held an "end of season game night" this week which was a celebration of nature's harvest cooked up by Oliver Gladwin and his team. The Countryside Alliance's Game-to-Eat hosted a table (next to a table from Holland & Holland!) and enjoyed the evening with guests from sporting titles Country Life, Shooting Times, Sporting Shooter, Fieldsports and Shooting Gazette. Dishes on offer included grey squirrel paté, game bullshot, wood pigeon and pumpkin seed salad (pictured), rabbit cigars and also venison with nettle dumplings and chervil pesto.Read more