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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Scotland’s Land Reform Bill will damage rural communities, says Countryside Alliance

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The Land Reform Bill passed its Stage 3 debate in Holyrood yesterday (16 March). It includes a number of changes that the Scottish Countryside Alliance believes will be bad for rural businesses and communities. SCA director Scotland Jamie Stewart commented: “We are very disappointed in the passing of the bill and more so in that…

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Countryside Alliance calls for anyone with information on Derbyshire bird crime to contact the police

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As a member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (UK), the Countryside Alliance has joined Derbyshire Constabulary in calling on anyone with information about recently reported cases of raptor persecution in the Peak District National Park to contact the police. Derbyshire Constabulary reported that on 9 September 2015 a dead osprey was found…

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