Countryside Alliance Wales

Our brief on UK tourism and Brexit

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The Countryside Alliance’s political team has prepared the enclosed briefing ahead of a Westminster Hall Debate on “Potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on UK tourism” (Nigel Huddleston, Conservative, Mid Worcestershire) on Wednesday 12 October, 16:30-17:30. Tourism in rural areas has huge potential not only to underpin local economies but also the national economy,…

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Working hard to improve firearms legislation

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Improvements to firearms licensing that the Countryside Alliance called for back in March 2016 have now been tabled as Government amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill. The British Shooting Sports Council has welcomed the proposal to extend to the life of a certificate if a renewal has been submitted in a timely fashion and…

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The Environmental Audit Committee and rewilding

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The Countryside Alliance has used the opportunity of a Parliamentary inquiry to highlight the dangers of ‘rewilding’ being used as an approach to conservation. The Environmental Audit Committee is carrying out an inquiry into the future of the natural environmental after the EU referendum, which includes a consideration of the “future risks and opportunities to innovative land…

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Facts are irrelevant – opinion triumphs at Welsh Assembly petitions committee

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The Countryside Alliance is pleased that inaccurate anti-snaring petition has had no impact in the Welsh Assembly, but raises concerns over suggestion that facts are a “matter of opinion”. A petition to ban snaring in Wales has had no impact on the Welsh Assembly, following joint correspondence to the Petitions Committee from the Countryside Alliance(CA),…

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State of Nature report & a divergence of opinion

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Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Campaigns Liam Stokes writes: The State of Nature report has been published, and it would appear to be grim reading. In the coming days we will go through the report and the supporting documents to see what conclusions the working countryside can draw from the analysis, but our immediate reaction…

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CA welcomes Welsh Government decision on the preservation of Greenland White-fronted Geese

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Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, has announced that the existing year-round voluntary moratorium on shooting Greenland White-fronted Geese will remain and has committed to funding research in to the conservation needs of this iconic bird. The Countryside Alliance has been lobbying for the status quo to remain since the first…

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Shooting a popular and important activity in National Parks

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  A recent Campaign for National Parks survey has highlighted the strength of support towards shooting as a recreational activity within the UK’s most beautiful countryside, coming in as the third favourite activity in a list of 23. The Campaign launched a multi-choice survey earlier this year asking the public to name their favourite activities within…

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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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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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Election results 2016 – Scotland and Wales

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Votes are still being counted from many of the elections that took place yesterday, but we now know the results for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections. In Scotland, the SNP is just short of an overall majority at Holyrood with 63 seats, down six seats from the 2011 results. One of those loses…

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Standing up for the ‘final 5%’ on broadband

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Today saw a front page article in the Daily Telegraph about Government failings on connecting the ‘final 5%’ to superfast broadband and 4G . In a story entitled: “Ministers halt automatic broadband roll-out for rural families because ‘not everyone wants to be connected,’” Christopher Hope reported: ‘Instead fast broadband will only be provided in…

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