Take part in new Land-based business survey

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Scottish Land & Estates has launched a survey to better understand the ‘nature of land-based business’ in 2016. The management of land and the things we get from land is increasingly in the spotlight.  The pressure to deliver multiple outcomes from land management such as food and fibre production, natural flood management, better water quality, improved…

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SCA: “we must work together to tackle raptor persecution”

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance has called into question an RSPB statement that those responsible for the latest case of raptor persecution in the Highlands could be associated with sporting interests, and calls for unity in working to eradicate raptor persecution. Director Scotland Jamie Stewart said: “As active members of Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland, we…

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Calls for reasonable air weapons fees “have fallen on deaf ears”

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Calls for a reasonable and logical fees system to the new air weapons licensing system have fallen on deaf ears as the Scottish Government has this week released the publication of the Air Weapons Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Regulations, that are due to come into force on July 1st, are a mockery to those…

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Kent PCC’s swift action over firearms licensing congratulated

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The Countryside Alliance has congratulated Kent PCC Matthew Scott on swift action over firearms licensing. Newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Matthew Scott (pictured left), has announced a £39,000 of new funding to address the backlog in firearms licensing that built up under his predecessor, Ann Barnes. Research undertaken by the Countryside Alliance…

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Welcoming Roseanna Cunningham to rural brief

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Roseanna Cunningham MSP has been appointed Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: The Scottish Government’s decisions on the implementation of Land Reform will be pivotal to continuance of business within the land and game management sector and to the…

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Grouse shooting and flooding

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Following calls for grouse shooting to be banned on the grounds that over-managed grouse moors caused flooding, in particular following the recent devastating floods in parts of the North of England, a comprehensive five page Briefing Note on ‘Grouse Shooting – Heather and Peatland Management’ was produced. Read it here.BACKGROUND NOTE ON GROUSE SHOOTING – HEATHER…

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Letter to British Medical Journal on hen harriers

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REFUSAL TO PRODUCE DATA TO SUBSTANTIATE CLAIM IN SCIENTIFIC PAPER IS CHALLENGED Sir, the Veterinary Record Case Report ‘Scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX) confirms shooting of a hen harrier (Circus cyaneus)’ (Hopkins TC, Peniche G, Murphy S, et al. Vet Rec Case Rep 3:e000241. doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2015-000241) states that “there have been 45 confirmed…

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We must all abide by Welsh Government’s snaring code

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Unless the sensible and practical guidelines contained in the Welsh Government Code of best practice on the use of snares in fox control are followed to the letter, the legal entitlement to snare foxes in Wales will be consigned to the history books. This is the unprecedented, collective warning being issued by rural organisations, which…

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