Shooting and Conservation


The EU sets its sights on shooting

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: You may not know, nor think you care, who Cecilia Malmström is, but I am afraid she is about to become a part of your life if you hold a firearms licence. Ms Malmström is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and the issue of firearms licensing is firmly…

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Moorland Association response to Ember Report

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Moorland Association has released the following press release: The ancient tradition of carefully managed rotational burning on moorlands following modern best practice is one of many tools used to enhance some species in fragile upland areas. Over the past six months, nature, conservation, farming, grouse shooting and water quality representatives have been identifying best…

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9-10 May – “High Birds in May” – the Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot, Northumberland

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th 2015 – the Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot at the beautiful Whitfield Estate in Northumberland – more at www.whitfieldclays.co.uk. This event is a fundraiser for several charities including the Countryside Alliance. Read on for details.  Perpetual trophy for highest overall team score Top ‘keepers team prize each day Top ladies team…

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Registered Firearms Dealers in NI not required to keep electronic records

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) welcomes the decision by the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland (DOJNI) that it is not a requirement for Registered Firearms Dealers (RFDs) in Northern Ireland to hold records electronically. This decision brings Northern Ireland into compliance with the amendments to the European Firearms Directive, which come in to force on…

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Firearms Licencing Survey in Beds, Cambs, Herts – please take part by 31 March

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary are working together in a number of policing areas in order to deliver a more efficient and cost effective service. One of the areas under consideration is Firearms and Explosive Licensing: applications, renewals, online payments and other related enquires.  Changes in technology mean that the police are able…

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The police and sharing shotgun licence information

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

A very interesting article was published on the Modern Gamekeeping website last week, based on our research into information sharing agreements between the police and other bodies, including the RSPCA (http://www.moderngamekeeping.com/viewpoint/sensitive-information/). We reproduce it below for your interest. Sensitive Information, Posted on January 13, 2014 by Nicola Turner. There are few things most Modern Gamekeeping readers value more…

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Moorland management vital to this environmental asset, says CA

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Heather burning is an important tool of moorland management the Countryside Alliance has said, following a report that suggested the practice might contribute to global warming. The research from Leeds University, entitled the EMBER report, suggested that heather burning on moorland, has negative impacts on peat hydrology, peat chemistry and physical properties, river water chemistry…

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“Labour Protecting Animals” pledge – we seek clarification

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

As reported in last week’s issue, the Labour Party has launched a “Protecting Animals Pledge” which makes some confusing statements on issues including “shooting estates” as well as snares and raptors. Countryside Alliance Director of Shooting Adrian Blackmore has since written to Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP asking for clarification on several of the…

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