Rural crime survey: £800m bill

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The National Rural Crime Network’s survey of over 17,000 people living and working in rural areas throughout England and Wales suggests the true cost of crime in rural areas could exceed £800m1. This figure is 21 times higher than previous figures2, dwarfing earlier estimates.   The survey also indicates that farmers and hard-pressed young families…

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The lead shot debate gets even more toxic

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Tim Bonner writes: When it began in 2010 the purpose of the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) was to report to Defra and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on the risks lead ammunition posed to human and wildlife health and the environment, and to suggest options for managing and communicating those risks. Five years worth of…

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“Rat control for gamekeepers” courses

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Members of the Countryside Alliance are invited on a course to gain a key qualification ahead of a landmark deadline. The use of professional rodenticides to control rats becomes subject to stricter regulations early next year as part of the industry’s new stewardship regime. Gamekeepers wishing to continue using the products after the deadline will need relevant…

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Renewed call for implementation of hen harrier recovery plan

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The Countryside Alliance, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, CLA, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, and the Moorland Association are calling for Defra to implement a plan for hen harrier recovery across England. In 2014 there were just four breeding attempts, all on or adjacent to moorland managed for red grouse,…

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Research supports current best practice in gamebird rearing

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The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that Defra-funded research into the use of raised laying units, published today (24 July), supports the existing Defra Code for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, used by the British gamebird industry. The research shows that the current Code of Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting…

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Shooting FAQs

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  Shotgun Shooting   How do I apply for a Shotgun Certificate? Click here to download an application form. Shotgun Certificate Application Form   Can I borrow a shotgun? A non certificate holder may use a shotgun in the following circumstances: He may borrow a shotgun from the occupier of private land and use it…

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Game seasons

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The majority of game can only be shot during specific times of the years to allow them to breed and successfully migrate to their wintering grounds.  A comprehensive guide to the shooting seasons is given below. Ready for the season ahead? Save 20% on our comprehensive country sports insurance. Game birds Additional restrictions: England and…

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