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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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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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Allan Ellis, who shot himself

Alliance calls for resignation of Cllr over distasteful comments

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Countryside Alliance has today (12 December) written to Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire, demanding the immediate resignation of Cllr Tommy Woodward over highly distasteful comments he made about the suicide of a Lancashire man. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Alliance, wrote to the Leader of the Liberal Group on Ryedale District Council, Cllr John Clark, to say that Cllr Woodward is totally unfit for public office and should resign his place on the council. He also has written to the leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party Steve Radford and the chief executive of Ryedale District Council, Janet Waggot.

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Take part in Home Office firearms consultation

Thursday, 4 December 2014

ShootingUK reports: "Proposed increases to the cost of shotgun and firearm certificates for 2015 are being put to the public for consultation, the Home Office has announced. Suggested changes to firearms licence fees have been put forward by an all party working group that has been liaising with representatives of the shooting community and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The figures are based on the group’s analysis of the costs of administering the licensing system and include increasing the fee payable on the grant of a shotgun certificate from from £50 to £79.50, and on the grant of a firearm certificate from £50 to £88." Read more here. The Countryside Alliance encourages all interested parties to take part in this consultation, which closes on 29th December - the Home Office has published an online survey which is available here.

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Win a Boxall & Edmiston shotgun worth £20,000 in our 2014 gun draw

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Countryside Alliance is running a Boxall and Edmiston Shotgun Prize Draw whereby the draw winner stands to win a shotgun worth £20,000. The draw has been limited to 2,000 tickets so the odds are good - the draw will take place on 12th January so a ticket will make an excellent stocking filler. One ticket costs £30 or supporters can also buy two tickets for £50 (this discount only applies to tickets bought in a single transaction.) Buy tickets here.

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“Illogical” RSPB motivated by “dislike of grouse shooting”

Thursday, 13 November 2014

In rejecting the full publication of the Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan, the RSPB has reinforced the view that it is motivated more by a dislike of grouse shooting than by a concern for hen harriers. The Countryside Alliance once again calls on Defra to publish the plan in full. The Countryside Alliance supports the Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan and has been campaigning for it to be published and implemented for many months now, in conjunction with other bodies including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. However on its website today the RSPB has posted: “The RSPB is today urging Defra to publish the workable elements of the Hen Harrier Action Plan, which we believe could bring about the recovery of one of England’s most beleaguered birds of prey. However, we're also highlighting its rejection of one point of the six-point plan, known as brood management, as we believe that immediate removal of chicks from the wild and rearing them in aviaries is unacceptable and legally ambiguous.”

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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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Old John Welch

Shooting's true value - going behind the statistics at Blanchland

Friday, 5 December 2014

Countryside Alliance Shooting Director Adrian Blackmore has written a feature for the Alliance's Winter magazine examining shooting's all-encompassing role in the North East community of Blanchland. Adrian meets several of the characters at Blanchland and finds out about their jobs off-season as well as on shoot days, writing: "Everyone on the moor has an important role to play in a day's shooting and there is really no hierarchy amongst those who come to beat, flank, load or pick up." Read the piece here

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