Countryside Alliance highlights the need for further clarity on drone use in rural areas

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Uncategorised

The Countryside Alliance is aware that many of our members are concerned about the increased use of drones in rural areas, and as well as responding to Government consultations we are asking our members to share their experiences with us. Drones are increasingly common and used both for recreational and commercial purposes. Users of drones…

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Shadow Defra secretary plagiarises convicted animal rights extremist to attack grouse shooting

| Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Shadow Defra Secretary of State, Sue Hayman, has either asked a convicted animal rights extremist to draft an article on grouse shooting, or has directly copied statements from his website. Ms Hayman published an article on the Labour List website on 13th August which included sections showing remarkable similarity to articles published by convicted animal…

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Keeping the 12th Glorious

| Latest News, Our Blog, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: The sun is about to rise over a brand-new shooting season, one that is tinged with uncertainty. Reports of low grouse numbers abound across the country, the Welsh Government has announced their antipathy to game shooting, and concerns mount over the spreading influence of anti-shooting ideologies. Yet this…

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Grouse – Young or Old – Does it matter?

| Game to Eat

Food critic Tom Parker Bowles was right when he wrote that ‘as a nation, we have a scandalous disregard for game, far preferring the bland safety of chicken to anything with even an inkling of flavour’. Grouse, known as the king of the gamebirds, is at the epicentre of this scandal. Grouse is both delicious…

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‘Better safe than sorry’ when dealing with shoot saboteurs, says the Countryside Alliance

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

Following a number of targeted saboteur attacks on shoots at the beginning of last season, the Countryside Alliance has published an updated guidance sheet to raise awareness of the risks and give advice on dealing with saboteurs. The guidance provides practical advice for shoot managers on what arrangements to make before the day, and what…

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Government sees sense on Animal Welfare Bill

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the decision by the Government to separate the two parts of the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. Following consultation, the Government has acknowledged it needs more time to “further refine the proposals on sentience” but will bring forward separate legislation to increase maximum sentences for animal…

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Countryside Alliance support the commitments to the Electronic Communications Code

| Campaigns, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance was part of a roundtable, along with the Government, industry leaders and other stakeholders to address concerns around the new Electronic Communications Code. The industry has produced a joint statement, and has reaffirmed its commitments to the ECC and the Ofcom Code of Practice. The Countryside Alliance is fully supportive of this and…

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Shooting industry unites to set ‘best practice’ guidelines

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

On Monday 23rd July the British Game Alliance (BGA) brought together shoot owners, keepers and representative organisations to discuss shoot management best practice with the BGA’s auditing partners Acoura. The BGA undertook a pilot audit observed by the Countryside Alliance, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), so the organisations…

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Countryside Alliance comment on the rise in rural crime

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The survey reported on Sky News today (06/08/18) echoes the recent National Rural Crime Survey 2018 which demonstrated that crime is having a significant impact on rural areas. Countryside Alliance Head of Policy, Sarah Lee commented: “We all need to tackle this blight together and take seriously the impact crime is having on rural communities…

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