Shooting and Conservation

Go wild for game this season

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Eating game is cheap, it’s healthy, it benefits the countryside, and it is in season now. What’s not to like? The number one benefit of eating game is its healthiness. Research carried out by Leatherhead Food International* shows how game compares very favourably with other red and white meats. Venison is high in protein, low…

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Lobby your parliamentary candidates – do they oppose a ban on lead shot?

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: “Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance’s General Election Manifesto and ask…

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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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