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.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance's shooting campaign has produced a new downloadable document setting out our campaigning, lobbying and promotional priorities. Issues such as lead shot, management practices, potential restrictions and our work to promote game are all included, as is the fact that we have to fundraise to continue our work, so it would be appreciated if you could support us by buying your new season badge. You can download the document here or receive your hard copy version by emailing firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Hen harrier numbers arouse great passions. The disagreement over potential recovery programmes has been so strong that despite decades of debate they have not been introduced and we are left with very few hen harriers on English Uplands.
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.Read more
Friday, 8 August 2014
Populations of the majority of the UK’s birds of prey are now at their highest ever levels, the Countryside Alliance’s report “Birds of prey of the UK and their population trends” shows.
Monday, 4 August 2014
Marks and Spencer’s (M&S) response to the thousands of people who have emailed them about their decision not to stock grouse this season is revealing. M&S say: “unfortunately, we have not been able to secure sufficient numbers of responsibly sourced and third party accredited red grouse so have made the decision to remove the product from sale”. There is a fundamental problem with this statement. The reason M&S have not been able to secure “responsibly sourced” grouse is that they have not produced a Code of Practice containing standards which estates and suppliers can meet.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
A Shoot Seminar will take place at Bishopswood House, Bishopswood, Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5QZ on Wednesday 8 October from 5.45pm - 8.30pm, including drinks and a hot supper. Click here to register. The seminar will cover current issues affecting shoots and participants in the field. Whilst we are amidst the shooting season the information gained from this event will help ensure there are as few chinks in the armour as possible. We are covering a number of topical issues which can be implemented for the remainder of this season and used in the planning, costing and running of next season too. The seminar is being run by Clarke Willmott in association with Smiths Gore, Smith & Williamson and the Countryside Alliance. Read on for a schedule.Read more