Shooting and Conservation

Firearms licensing – fees are back in the news

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

A story has appeared in today’s Guardian entitled “David Cameron blasted over shotgun licence fees veto”. The story reports: “Home Office Minister Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m from their…

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Game Chef of the Year 2014 is crowned

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Congratulations to Tom Van Zeller, of Van Zeller Restaurants in Harrogate,, who was this week crowned Game Chef of the Year in a prestigious competition which concluded a four month search for the UK’s best game chef. Daniel Bland of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Doddington and Jonathan Cook of Greywall’s Hotel in Edinburgh were both runners up…

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CAI Attend Wildlife Crime meeting hosted by Minister Durkan

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) reports: Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan this week pledged to improve how Northern Ireland tackles wildlife crime. The Minister hosted a summit attended by almost 30 organisations, including CAI, to ensure a better way forward. CAI has been actively involved with The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) since its…

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Countryside Alliance briefing on hen harriers

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance’s shooting campaign has circulated the following brief on the Hen Harrier which offers an introduction, the background on the hen harrier and grouse shooting conflict, Defra’s group on hen harriers, brood management and breeding successes.  INTRODUCTION The hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) is resident in some 87 countries across the northern hemisphere, and…

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Gamekeepers and other non-agricultural occupants of tied housing – a survey

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

For the gamekeeper being made redundant, retiring, or simply losing their job due to circumstance, housing is usually the most important concern. Harrison Riddle, a keeper’s son, has drawn up a short questionnaire on the subject as part of his dissertation at Harper Adams University. We join the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust in supporting this study…

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FACE: EC aims at wrong target

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

FACE press release: Instead of focusing on illegal activities with firearms and making full use of existing EU rules on legal firearms, the European Commission plans a full review of these rules. The Commission argues that this change is needed since “legally owned weapons in the EU continue to feed the illegal market” and attempts…

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