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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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Countryside Alliance prize winner customises his bespoke Boxall & Edmiston

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

On 15th January the Countryside Alliance gun draw took place with a very lucky Dr Wilson being named the winner. As you'd expect, Dr Wilson was rather pleased to have won and a visit to the Boxall & Edmiston factory in Shropshire to commission his gun was scheduled. After a factory tour round the engineering plant and craftsmen's workshop, Dr Wilson sat down with proprietor and Managing Director Peter Boxall to discuss his specification.

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Livelihoods, raptors and the shooting industry

Friday, 16 January 2015

The illegal killing of birds of prey is about the most selfish crime it is possible to commit because even if there are short term benefits for the preservation of game (and those benefits are as likely to be perceived as real) they will always be outweighed by the long term damage to the shooting industry as a whole. That is why the Alliance has no hesitation in condemning an Aberdeenshire gamekeeper who was sentenced to four months in prison earlier this week for four offences including the killing of a goshawk.

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A hunting Owl at Vine House Farm

The GWCT's Big Farmland Bird Count is back - sign up today

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance is proud to support the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's (GWCT) second Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) which will take place between 7th and 15th February 2015. Farmers, landowners, birdwatchers and gamekeepers are asked to spend 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of the farm/ estate during that week. The week "showcases some of the remarkable conservation efforts being carried out by farmers, landowners and gamekeepers."  Despite 2014 being the wettest winter since records began in 1910, more than 500 people, who manage nearly half-million acres of UK farmland put on their wellington boots, grabbed their binoculars and took part in this hugely successful first count of farmland birds.

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Great British Shooting Show - 13th-15th February

Monday, 15 December 2014

Come say hello and have a chat with the Countryside Alliance Shooting Campaigns team at this year's Great British Shooting Show. It is a first-class event and a great opportunity to hear about the challenges we have faced and challeneges still to come in 2015.

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New approach to ACPO firearms campaign

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Countryside Alliance have agreed a joint letter to all firearms licence holders clarifying the recent ACPO firearms security campaign as a result of concerns raised by thousands of Countryside Alliance supporters and licence holders. The ACPO campaign was launched on 13 October announcing spot checks on licensees and urging the public to use a dedicated Crimestoppers line to report signs of “radicalism, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism” among gun owners. The Alliance was concerned that the move went beyond the scope of changes to Home Office guidance which had been agreed by shooting organisations and therefore encouraged our members and supporters to lobby their MPs for clarification. Following a meeting between the Alliance, the Home Office and ACPO in Downing Street on 24 October a new approach was agreed.

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New firearms guidance from the Home Office - our advice

Monday, 13 October 2014

Shotgun and firearm certificate holders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their guns are always kept securely, so as to prevent possession by unauthorised persons. The Countryside Alliance fully supports this responsibility, one which is taken very seriously by the overwhelming majority of shooters. From 15th October the police will be checking that guns are being securely stored, by way of unannounced visits to certificate holders. New Guidance from the Home Office has been published as follows:

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Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs

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.

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Tim Bonner blogs on gunmakers and the case for lead shot

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.

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Boxall & Edmiston gun draw winner announced

Monday, 12 January 2015

Our Boxall & Edmiston Gun Draw has taken place at the office this morning. Dr Wilson of Staffordshire, ticket number 49, was drawn as the winner. Dr Wilson wins a bespoke £27k shotgun - congratulations. Thanks to everyone who took part in the draw.

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Double trap shooter Tim Kneale's 2015 is looking good

Monday, 12 January 2015

Congraulations to talented Double-Trap shooter Tim Kneale who has written: "Just thought I'd drop you a little update for the start of the year. The Great Britain Teams for the first three world cups this year have been announced for Mexico, UAE & Cyprus (see British Shooting's announcement here). I have been fortunate enough to be in the team for all three events which is great as there are more opportunities to win a Quota place for the Rio Olympics. It's going to be a really busy start to the year with overseas training camps in Portugal and Cyprus also in January & February. My training is going well though and things are on track for early March when the Mexico World Cup is scheduled. Its a real balancing act to fit in work and a private life too but lucky I have such a supportive girlfriend in Amy Garland." Good luck Tim and congratulations for being the only Double Trap competitor to be named for all three events.

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