Shooting and Conservation

67% of RSPB donors support translocation

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Hen harrier numbers arouse great passions. The disagreement over potential recovery programmes has been so strong that despite decades of debate they have not been introduced and we are left with very few hen harriers on English Uplands. We wondered what, beyond noisy campaigners like ourselves, was the opinion of ordinary people? So last week…

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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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Tim Bonner writes for our magazine on the hen harrier

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner has written a feature for our Autumn membership magazine in which he outlines the current situation relating to hen harriers. In “Aiding the skydancer’s recovery” Tim explains “As long as the suspicion of raptor persecution hangs around grouse shooting it will be used by our opponents to negate all the positive…

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Welcoming Quito decision on lead shot

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a decision taken at the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Quito last week to allow countries to make their own decisions on whether to phase out of lead ammunition. The ‘Guidelines to Prevent the Risk of Migratory Birds’ now state: “it is for each…

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Calls for grouse moor licensing are irresponsible

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance response to calls for grouse moor licensing Adrian Blackmore, head of the shooting campaign at the Countryside Alliance said: “Calls for a licensing system to govern grouse moor management are irresponsible, and would have significant implications for wildlife, biodiversity, and the economies of many upland communities. Claims that licensing would deliver environmental outcomes…

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