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Director for Wales:      Rachel Evans

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CA Events listing

Keep an eye on http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/ca/events for our constantly updated regional and national events listing. The listing includes race days, country shows, hound shows and social events across the country. If you have an event you would like listed please email it to: news@countryside-alliance.org

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood outlines her vision for rural Wales

Friday, 27 March 2015

Leanne Wood, Leader, Plaid Cymru | Party of Wales, joins other party leaders in writing exclusively for the Countryside Alliance website: The countryside and rural communities contribute to the Welsh economy not only in terms of agriculture and food production but also crucially to the wellbeing of our environment and culture. Farming forms the backbone for many Welsh rural communities - creating economic and social activity in some of our country’s most isolated areas, yet the sector faces unprecedented challenges. Incomes dropped by 44% in over 2013/14 and a further drop is projected for 2014/15. Market volatility in the dairy and red meat sectors have contributed to these pressures. Plaid Cymru believes that in order to allow the industry to respond more effectively to these challenges the government reduce bureaucracy and red tape. The Party of Wales would start by scrapping the six day standstill rule.

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CA and North Wales Fire & Rescue Service advise farmers

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are asking farmers to err on the side of caution when turning cattle out this spring to avoid incidents where the animals need rescuing. From 1 April, the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service specialist response team, based at Colwyn Bay Fire Station, will no longer assist in the recovery of large animals or in specialist rope rescues.

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Dragon's Tale - March 2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Dragon's Tale e-news from the Countryside Alliance in Wales is brought to you by Director for Wales Rachel Evans. This month Rachel urges you to register to vote, use your vote on 7th May and please lobby your candidates so that we know where they stand on key rural issues affecting Wales.

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Our Director for Wales at Spring Political conferences

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Countryside Alliance Director for Wales, Rachel Evans, reports from the Spring political conferences and the high-profile speakers who came to our events to outline their vision for the rural vote.

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General Election Manifesto - Welsh language version

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto has been well received by candidates across the political spectrum. Our Director for Wales, Rachel Evans, has sent Welsh-language copies to all Welsh speaking candidates and you can download it here. Should you need a hard copy please contact election@countryside-alliance.org with your name and address. Click here to download the Welsh language General Election Manifesto.

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Natural Resources Wales is seeking to appoint a Chair

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Natural Resources Wales is looking to appoint a Chair, saying: "The Welsh Government is seeking a Chair for the Board of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) – could you be the person we are looking for? Are you someone who cares about Wales - its environment, economy, people, culture and future? Are you an extraordinary leader?

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CA calls for talks after Fire and Rescue cuts put animals at risk

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Countryside Alliance has raised concerns with Welsh Government over the recent decision by North Wales Fire and Rescue Services to opt out of emergency calls to large animals.
Calling for an urgent meeting with Ministers, the Alliance has sought to begin discussions to find a balance in services so that the welfare of large animals, particularly, is not compromised. The North Wales Fire & Rescue Service has taken this decision as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

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Take part in the Welsh tourism survey

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee has completed and presented its inquiry in to Tourism in Wales and has seen all 28 of its recommendations accepted by the Deputy Minister For Culture Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates. The Countryside Alliance was part of the evidence-collecting process and the importance of shooting and angling to the tourism economy in Wales was represented solely by the Countryside Alliance. To supplement the inquiry, Suzy Davies, AM for South West Wales (Shadow Minister for Welsh Language, Culture and Tourism for the Welsh Conservatives), has now launched an online survey. Supporters can take part to make the voice of rural enterprise heard. The survey can be found here 

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Dog Breeding Regulations (Wales) Bill are finally off the leash

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Countryside Alliance Director for Wales Rachel Evans writes: It has taken almost seven years, three consultations and four Government Ministers to finally bring forward the Breeding of Dogs Regulations (Wales) Bill. The Countryside Alliance has been actively involved in the process every step of the way and took the lead on involving other rural organisations to speak up for the working dog. Whilst there is no clear-cut exemption for working dogs, the Alliance has without a doubt achieved recognition for them from Assembly Members and policy writers, highlighting the way that working dogs are kept and worked, and the importance of hounds to be kept as pack animals with their living accommodation and housekeeping to remain in the format that will allow this. It is perfectly acceptable for gundogs and terriers to be happily housed in outdoor kennels, but we needed to demonstrate this to those not familiar with the working dog.

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