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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New Environment Secretary answers key questions

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In the wake of the Conservative leadership race, our Chairman Simon Hart MP, wrote to the candidates with 10 questions of current interest to people in the countryside. We have published below the response from Andrea Leadsom who, following her decision to drop out of the leadership race, today (14 July) was appointed as the…

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Scottish Wildlife Trust upland policies ‘unscientific and irresponsible’

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance has challenged proposals to support the ‘transition away’ from ‘traditional deer stalking’ and ‘driven grouse moors’ as unscientific and irresponsible. The Scottish Wildlife Trust has published controversial new policies for the management of Scottish Uplands which call for the licensing of ‘driven grouse shooting’ and propose offering ‘support and training’ to…

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Countryside Alliance takes the lead to secure the future of gamekeeping apprenticeships

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The Countryside Alliance is securing the future of gamekeeping by working to develop an apprenticeship for new underkeepers. Our proposal for a new qualification has been approved by the Department of Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) and we are setting up a “trailblazer” group to work with other organisations and employers to develop the course….

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Countryside Alliance launches “Shooting in Wales- For Countryside and Community”

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The Countryside Alliance has moved to ensure that new Welsh Assembly Members are equipped with the facts about shooting in Wales, launching a brochure detailing the enormous contribution that shooting makes to rural economies, communities and habitats in rural Wales.   At a time when those organisations against shooting are bombarding our politicians with misinformation,…

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“Chaotic” Scottish airguns licensing continues to confuse

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Despite an overwhelming opposition to this needless legislation the Scottish Government continues to plough on with their draconian policy of licensing airguns causing confusion at every step. The Scottish Government’s recently launched campaign to raise awareness of the new Air Weapons Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2016, alongside Police Scotland’s amnesty of airguns, have led to an…

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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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