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Minister ducks meeting with BASC and the Countryside Alliance

| Countryside Alliance Wales

In yet another attempt to distance herself from the trouble she has caused for Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Welsh Labour’s Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn has cancelled next week’s meeting with the Countryside Alliance and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). This extraordinary turn of events makes it even more important that everyone who…

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Countryside Alliance members put game shooting centre stage at the Assembly

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

The escalating fallout between Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales over pheasant shooting on public land gathered further momentum on Wednesday (7th November), as the Countryside Alliance again put the debate centre stage at the Welsh Assembly. Intensive lobbying from thousands of Alliance members has kept this issue at the top of the agenda, but…

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Rural groups unite to challenge shooting ban in Wales

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THREE of the UK’s leading rural organisations are challenging the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) ban on pheasant shooting on public land. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), The Countryside Alliance (CA) and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) sought legal advice when NRW’s board voted not to allow shooting after receiving a letter from…

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Devastating blow to rural communities as shoot owner reveals the true cost of Minister’s decision to end pheasant shooting leases

| Countryside Alliance Wales

The Countryside Alliance has confirmed that a proposal made by Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn, to be delivered by Natural Resources Wales, to end the pheasant shooting leases on public land would have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of residents in Mid Wales. The Alliance has been given permission by one of the leaseholders to…

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Call to Action – Support the return of pheasant shooting leases on public land in Wales

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The Countryside Alliance is asking members and supporters in Wales to send a letter calling on the Board of Natural Resource Wales (NRW) to reverse the decisions taken on the 20th September 2018, which included the end of pheasant shooting leases on public land. Before the intervention of the Labour Government, NRW spent £48,000 of…

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Welsh Environment Minister Pins Blame for Pheasant Shooting Ban on NRW

| Countryside Alliance Wales

In extraordinary scenes in the Welsh Assembly, Labour’s Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn has claimed that her letter calling on Natural Resource Wales (NRW) to ban pheasant shooting on public land “did not bind NRW to accept and follow [the Labour Government’s] position”, shifting the blame for the final decision onto NRW. In an uncomfortable plenary…

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Labour Minister’s pressure sees £40,000 review ignored in Wales

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Today (Thursday 20 September) the board of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) voted to end the leasing of pheasant shooting on the Welsh Government estate, following pressure from the Labour Government. The decision was taken despite NRW having spent over £40,000 on a review into the issue that recommended that pheasant shooting be allowed to continue,…

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Letter Opposing Game Shooting Leaves Welsh Government with Serious Questions to Answer

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In a dramatic conclusion to the widely publicised Natural Resource Wales (NRW) review of the use of firearms on land it manages, Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn has written a letter to NRW asking that they ignore the conclusions of the review because “the Welsh Government does not support commercial pheasant shooting”. Following a tense…

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Welsh Assembly Government recognise need for managed access

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The controversial ‘Taking Forward Wales’ consultation has now reached a conclusion and anglers across Wales and beyond can breathe a sigh of relief as proposals for a universal right of access to inland water have once again been shelved. In a ministerial statement, Lesley Griffiths stated that: “There were strong but differing views on how…

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Welsh Affair Select Committee chair David T.C Davies MP tackles Welsh Government over “selective” choice of Round Table Wales stakeholder group

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The Welsh Affairs Select Committee Westminster held an evidence session with Welsh Government on Thursday the 7th of June in Cardiff to question the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs on agriculture, trade and the repatriation of powers. The Alliance attended the meeting as observers and had already had the opportunity to meet…

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Assembly Member Angela Burns AM challenges Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Sayed over NRW shooting review and gets support from the First Minster

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In First Ministers questions on Tuesday the 12th of June, the League Against Cruel Sports proposed Bethan Sayed AM to accuse the Natural Resources Wales review team of bias and impartiality issues relating to the recent firearms review. In rebuttal and following discussions with Rachel Evans of the Countryside Alliance, Angela Burns AM raised the…

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