Remembering Clarissa at 70

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

Saturday 24th March would have been the 70th birthday of Clarissa Dickson Wright, one half of the popular cooking duo Two Fat Ladies (the other half being the late Jennifer Paterson) and dynamic, outspoken cook, rural champion and passionate defender of our way of life. Her untimely death in March 2015 meant she never saw…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes Scottish Parliament vote on tail docking

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The Scottish Parliament has successfully voted to permit tail docking for spaniel and hunt point retriever gundog puppies that are likely to be used in connection with shooting. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, working closely with the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, BASC Scotland and the Scottish Association for Country Sports, lobbied parliamentarians to uphold the findings of…

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The Countryside Alliance at 20 – join the celebration

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The Countryside Alliance is marking its 20th anniversary by asking supporters for their photographs and anecdotes from the ground breaking Hyde Park Rally. On 10th July 1997 120,000 people attended a rally in Hyde Park which was organised in response to the new Labour government’s commitment to banning hunting. The Countryside Alliance as an organisation…

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Essex Police Firearms Licensing Department held to account by the Countryside Alliance

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With recent research revealing that some Countryside Alliance members have waited over a year before having their shotgun and/or firearm licence renewed, an update on progress was felt necessary. Following a stakeholder’s meeting we highlight all attempts by Essex Police to improve their licensing service.   The Essex Police Firearms Licensing Department has struggled significantly…

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The Costs and Consequences of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015

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The Countryside Alliance’s Jack Knott investigates the potentially significant problems arising from the implementation of airguns licensing in Scotland. This article originally featured in Sporting Shooter.    As the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 became statute on 1st January 2017 the consequences for the number of people using airguns and those whose jobs…

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The election results and the countryside

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: There is a theory that says the first polls of an election are the best indicator of the final result, and that all the noise and effort of the campaign make next to no difference. You will not hear many people promoting that theory this week. Today’s election…

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CA welcomes bracken control measures for moorland management

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the announcement that a further Emergency Authorisation has been issued to allow the use of Asulam for bracken control during the 2017 growing season.  A bracken control programme is an essential component of moorland management plans, and Asulam is the only selective control chemical that is authorised for use by…

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Joint statement on Scottish game shoot licensing proposals

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Following this morning’s hearing [23rd May] of the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, organisations representing the game shooting community issued the following statement. “We are disappointed that the committee voted narrowly in favour of a course of action which includes examining the possibility of a licensing scheme for game shooting in…

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The Rural Charter – the Countryside Alliance General Election Manifesto 2017

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The Countryside Alliance has produced a manifesto for the countryside which highlights several key issues which truly matter to those who live and work in the countryside; from tackling rural crime and increasing the provision of affordable rural housing to ensuring universal access to high speed broadband and mobile phone signal. Download it here and use…

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