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.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
A story has appeared in today's Guardian entitled "David Cameron blasted over shotgun licence fees veto". The story reports: "Home Office Minister Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m from their operational budgets to subsidise them." Read on for the Alliance's response.Read more
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Countryside Alliance regional development executive for the north of England Geri Buckley will represent England at the Commonwealth Games.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
The Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot, the popular annual charity shoot at the Northumberland sporting estate will be held on the 10th and 11th May and there are still spaces available for teams of four who would like to apply. The event is run by Whitfield gamekeeper Stuart Maughan and his team and raises funds for the Countryside Alliance and the GWCT as well as local charities.Read more
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Natural England’s Consultation on General and Class Licences closes on 19th May. The consultation seeks views on a number of proposals and topics relating to those licenses and any changes made as a result could come into effect on 1st January 2015. A number of proposals would benefit the sensible control of pest species, but there are also many that would not – such as removing the jackdaw, jay and collared dove from General Licenses, and the need to have taken "reasonable steps and appropriate steps, such as scaring" before shooting pigeons. A copy of the Country Alliance’s response to Natural England’s consultation is available here . All those with an interest in the sound management of our countryside are urged to respond to the consultation. The closing date is 19th May. Even if you cannot respond in full please email Natural England and express your support for our submission. Email Natural England at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more on our views here.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
27th May - Tour of the Grey Partridge Project – The Norfolk Estate, Arundel - This is a great opportunity to get a real understanding of the conservation (restoring biodiversity) work carried out alongside modern farming practices on the South Downs. The tour is open to members and member's guests of the Countryside Alliance and all children under 16 are free. So please book early as places will be limited.Read more
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
You are invited to sign an e-petition which has recently been launched and which states: "We the undersigned respectfully petition the Government to amend the Firearms Acts to allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols for competitive sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland." The epetition's wording goes on to "ask that the sport of target pistol shooting be once more permitted under the existing Section 1 Licencing scheme, thus allowing a much loved and all inclusive sporting discipline to flourish once more." Read more and sign the petition here.
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, 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.
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