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Alliance statement on the Natural England grant of Buzzard Licence

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“The Countryside Alliance has always supported the principle that a species should be managed according to its local population status and impact on economic and conservation activities, not according to public perception. Many species are already culled under a number of different licences. Shooting provides immense conservation, economic and social benefits, and in some places…

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Countryside Alliance asks Labour leadership candidates their priorities for rural Britain

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At this important time for the countryside, following the vote to leave the European Union, rural communities are looking for clear leadership and direction. As part of this Labour leadership campaign we have invited the Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn MP and Owen Smith MP to set out their priorities for rural Britain.   Below…

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Alliance asks for BBC Trust decision

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Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, writes: Last September I wrote about an article by Chris Packham in BBC Wildlife magazine in which, amongst other things, he labelled everyone involved in traditional land management, hunting and shooting as “the nasty brigade”. As I pointed out then the BBC has editorial guidelines which state that its presenters should…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes Defra Minister Therese Coffey’s support for a new snaring Code of Practice

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Today Labour MP Jim Dowd led a House of Commons debate on banning the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares. The highlight was new Defra Minister Therese Coffey’s robust response and commitment to a new stakeholder-led Code of Practice. Unfortunately, the debate also saw Labour adopt a new position on snaring, with recently appointed…

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Common Sense Prevails in EU vote on Firearms Directive

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the revised amendments to the EU Firearms Directive which protect the rights of legitimate shooters. The revised amendments, agreed by a committee of the European Parliament, are a significant improvement on the original amendments announced in November last year which would have introduced unnecessary restrictions on legitimate shooters. A huge debt…

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No further restrictions on lead ammunition as DEFRA rejects flawed report

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Secretary of State for the Environment, Liz Truss, has rejected the recommendations of the controversial Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) process and confirmed that there will be no further restrictions on the use of lead ammunition. In a letter to LAG Chairman, John Swift, The Secretary of State has confirmed that the Food Standards Agency will…

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Countryside groups unite to demand BBC reins in Packham

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THE UK’s leading countryside organisations have joined in condemnation of Chris Packham’s latest attack on grouse moors by demanding the BBC withdraws support for the anti-shooting campaigner. The broadcaster, who regularly presents nature and conservation programmes for the BBC, this week launched a personal social media campaign demanding that Marks And Spencer stops selling red…

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The importance of Grouse Moor management highlighted by new brochure

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The Countryside Alliance’s new brochure titled ‘The value of grouse moor management’ has been produced to help publicise the importance of heather moorland that is managed for grouse shooting. This is a habitat of international importance, and it is thanks to its management for grouse shooting that this unique landscape has been conserved, where elsewhere…

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