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, 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.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
We are asking everyone who cares about shooting to write to the Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer (M&S), Marc Bolland, because, barely three weeks before the Glorious Twelfth, it has abandoned plans to expand the number of stores in which it was to have sold grouse. Instead it will not be selling grouse at all in 2014. M&S says it is doing this because it cannot agree “environmental and biodiversity standards” with “key stakeholders”. This came as a surprise as M&S had not been discussing such standards with its suppliers or shooting organisations. What it actually means is that the RSPB, which is actively campaigning against driven grouse shooting, has complained about grouse sales and M&S has rolled over. Read on to write to M&S via our automated system.Read more
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, 21 July 2014
An epetition has been launched by the GWCT entitled "Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan - publish it". The e-petition is aimed at DEFRA and states: "There are thousands of square miles of suitable habitat, but very few breeding pairs of hen harriers in England. If the remaining chicks die, the hen harrier will effectively be extinct as a breeding species in England. Defra said it would stop extinctions like this. In August 2012 Defra asked moor owners, gamekeepers and conservation groups, including the RSPB, to work together and write a single plan to restore England’s precious hen harrier. They reviewed the evidence and scientific literature to prepare their joint plan. Since January 2014 Defra could have published the plan; but has not. For the sake of the hen harrier, Defra must resist external pressure to meddle with the plan. England’s hen harrier population is too fragile to wait any longer. You have it in your gift to save the English hen harrier and return it across our skies. Do it. Be brave and publish the hen harrier recovery plan today – the clock is ticking." Sign the e-petition today and please encourage others to do likewise.
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
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner recently wrote for Shooting Times & Country Magazine on the issue of aggravated trespass. In "Ruling has consequences for sabs," Tim explains how "a recent judgement in the Supreme Court involving a demonstration at a beauty products shop in Covent Garden might not seem relevant to the world of shooting, but in fact it has cleared up a long-running legal sore which has direct relevance to shoots. That is because the case involved “aggravated trespass” and a creative defence that had been used before by protesters, including in an infamous case involving seven saboteurs who had targeted the Brindle shoot in Lancashire in 2006." You can read the piece in full on Shooting Times' website - click here to view.
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.
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
Monday, 18 August 2014
The Countryside Alliance, in conjunction with BASC's Taste of Game campaign, is running Great British Game Week, a focus for lots of events, dinners and special offers promoting game to consumers. We will be encouraging trying game for the first time and trying new products which have game in them i.e. pies, sausages, burgers and charcuterie. More will appear here soon but the week will run 24 November - 30 November.