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Natural England’s consultation on General & Class Licences

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

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.  While…

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Explaining 4G rollout

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

A lack of mobile signal and broadband in the countryside continues to be one of the biggest headaches for households and businesses alike. In a digital age, the need for mobile and broadband networks is just as important as the need for gas, electricity and water. We need to access more services online, including Government…

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Countryfile on the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Sunday 15th February the BBC’s Countryfile programme was in Gloucestershire. The show looked at the Hunting Act 10 years on and spoke to Henry Berkeley, Master of the Berkeley Hunt, Capt Farquhar, Master of the Beaufort Foxhounds and the Huntsman Tony Holdsworth. Presenter Tom Heap also spoke to Michael Stephenson of the League Against…

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Proposed Airgun Licensing in Scotland – what will it mean for you?

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill MSP, last week announced an Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill to licence the 500,000 air weapons he estimates are used in Scotland. Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart has said: “The Scottish Countryside Alliance has lobbied hard on this point. We do not believe lower-powered air rifles need to be…

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The Spectator: “Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?”

| Campaigns, Hunting

Spectator journalist Camilla Swift has spoken to our animal welfare consultant, Jim Barrington, about the hunting debate and wildlife management. In “Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?” Camilla writes “It’s clearly not about animal welfare. But then it never was”.  Jim’s journey from Director of the League Against Cruel Sports…

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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should…

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Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

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…

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