Be Deer Aware

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The DeerAware campaign aims to reduce collisions with deer and reports: 1.5 million deer live wild in Britain There are six main species of deer There are up to 74,000 deer related traffic accidents in the UK each year There are several hundred human injuries and several human fatalities each year as a result “Road…

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Crime Stoppers ‘Stop Poaching’ Campaign

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The Crime Stoppers ‘Stop Poaching’ campaign went live on Monday 19th October. Whilst this campaign originated in the South West, it has also been launched under the Crime Stoppers banner with the intention of raising awareness and ‘flagging’ a means of reporting deer poaching and illegal meat activity for anyone who knows something but doesn’t understand where…

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Defra Minister joins our conservation debate at conference

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On Monday 5th October DEFRA Minister Rory Stewart joined a panel of speakers at a Conservative Party Conference fringe event hosted by the Countryside Alliance to discuss “who are the real conservationists?” Jim Barrington, animal welfare consultant to the Countryside Alliance, opened the talk by stating that the countryside was there as a result of…

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Countryside Alliance Autumn 2015 magazine

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The Countryside Alliance’s Autumn magazine is now online. The Editor’s note introducing the issue reads: There is plenty of good news to report this issue. As Tim Bonner takes over as Chief Executive (p16) The Countryside Alliance Foundation assumes the running of the wonderful Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the fly fishing programme for…

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Environment Secretary speaks at CA conference event

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The Countryside Alliance welcomed Liz Truss, Secretary of State for DEFRA, to our reception at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Sunday 4th October 2015. The Secretary of State spoke warm words about the countryside and reiterated her and the Government’s support for the work of the Countryside Alliance. The reception was well attended with…

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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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