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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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Show your support for Nature and Shooting

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Countryside Alliance is calling on all those who love British wildlife and the countryside to respond to the European Commission’s proposal to review the Birds and Habitats Directive.

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Group/ syndicate membership of the Countryside Alliance

Sunday, 26 April 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.

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Operation EASTER 2015 ~ stopping egg thieves

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wild birds are now nesting - many have already laid eggs - and the national campaign to protect them is underway. Egg thieves will go to any lengths to raid the nests of rare species but Operation EASTER is determined to stop them in their tracks. Operation EASTER is a campaign which was developed in Scotland and is now facilitated by the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in conjunction with UK Police Forces and partner agencies, including the Countryside Alliance. The operation targets egg thieves by sharing intelligence across the UK to encourage enforcement action.

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Labour clarifies position on gun licences

Friday, 10 April 2015

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Ahead of today’s launch of Labour’s Crime and Justice Manifesto Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, confirmed that a Labour Government would “end the police subsidy of gun licenses” (sic). This argument is not new and was made back in 2013 by Diana Johnson as Shadow Crime and Security Minister.

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The RSPB and shooting - we must all work together

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner writes: RSPB Director of Conservation Martin Harper was probably surprised by the reaction to the blog he published last week on the RSPB's position on shooting and the proven contribution shooting makes to biodiversity (we are quoted in a Telegraph piece on this story here). After all it was nothing that he, and his predecessors had not said many times before, although they are sentiments that the RSPB has sometimes been keener to express to shooting audiences than to the wider public.

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Air gun licensing is "unnecessary" and will not cut gun crime

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Scottish Parliament’s intention to continue towards licensing air weapons, despite evidence that such a move will do little to reduce crime whilst increasing police costs, is disappointing, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA). Yesterday (23 March) the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee published its report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. It suggests that the estimated 500,000 air weapons held across Scotland should be licensed, despite a warning from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents that licensing would be unwieldy and expensive.

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Entries are open now for the annual Whitfield Clay Shoot

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Entries are open now for the Annual Whitfield Clay Shoot, held on the Whitfield Estate near Hexham, which last year raised more than £35,000 for good causes.
The event, which boasts 10 different simulated game flushes, takes place on 9 and 10 May 2015 and there are still places for your team to take part. Click here to fill out the entry form.
One of the projects helped by last year's event was the rebuilding of a Victorian suspension bridge in Northumberland (pictured below).

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Increased firearms fees and updated system are welcome

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the news of a proportionate rise in firearms fees, due to come into force on 6 April. An order laid before Parliament today proposes that the fee for a shotgun certificate should increase from £50 to £79.50 with balanced increases in other fees. It follows a consultation in which 73% of respondents supported an increase in licence fees.

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27th June - National Ladies' Shooting Day

Monday, 2 March 2015

The UK's largest ladies shooting Club - The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club is organising the first ever history making, record breaking National Ladies' Shooting Day on 27th June.  This national day will see a series of events across the country, from Cumbria down to Sussex and everywhere in between, where ladies are encouraged to come to try their hand at clay shooting. For each lady who comes along, the Club will donate £1 towards the GB Olympic Shooting Team's training and will be raising money for The Eve Appeal, a women's cancer charity. They’ve also teamed up with the Sport England's #ThisGirlCan campaign and are on a mission to get as many people as possible trying out the sport.

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Photo by Jim Taig

Stolen gundogs – what to do?

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dog theft, especially of working dogs, continues to be a huge problem in rural areas. With the increase in popularity of fieldsports comes the increase in demand for trained dogs and thieves see valuable gun dogs as a saleable commodity. DogLost has stated that almost 50% of its missing dog reports actually relate to working dogs.

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