Devolved Regions

5 rural policies we want to see at the heart of the next government’s agenda

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: When the Prime Minister called a General Election on Tuesday she revealed that she had made the final decision whilst walking with her husband in the glorious countryside of North Wales. Whilst her reasoning was largely related to delivering Brexit negotiations this will be a crucial election for…

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Countryside Alliance responds to post Brexit Agriculture inquiry

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has submitted evidence to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee’s agriculture post Brexit inquiry. The inquiry will be considering the key factors influencing the prosperity of farming in Wales once negotiations to leave the EU are completed and the Alliance has detailed four factors which they believe are important for this inquiry –…

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Countryside Alliance meet with Natural Resources Wales asking for clarification on Firearms Review

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The Countryside Alliance have met with Natural Resources Wales officials to discuss in detail the recent call for evidence on the use of firearms on NRW owned or managed land. Rachel Evans, Countryside Alliance Director for Wales called the meeting to voice concerns that the Alliance has regarding the review, and to obtain clarification on…

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Review of hunting legislation in Scotland

| Devolved Regions, Hunting

  Lord Bonomy, who produced a review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act for the Scottish Government in late November 2016, appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Rural Affairs committee on Tuesday 28th March. The focus of questioning was on the recommendations made for greater monitoring and regulation, and changes to…

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The Rural Oscars go to……

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Latest News

On 22nd March 2017 the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars, were handed out by the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom MP at a Parliamentary reception.  Businesses from across England and Wales, who had already won their regional title, came to Westminster to find out if they had taken the national title. Shortly after the…

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Welsh Director debates Animal Aid over Natural Resources Wales firearms review

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Countryside Alliance Welsh Director, Rachel Evans, debated Animal Aid regarding the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) firearms review on BBC Radio Wales yesterday (1:12-6:35 mins). Listen to the interview During the debate Ms Evans made clear the significant economic and employment benefits that shooting brings to rural Wales as well as the important role fire arms play in…

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Animal Rights Extremists fail in attempts to ban Snaring in Scotland

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Despite significant pressure from animal rights pressure groups such as The League Against Cruel Sports and OneKind to ban the use of snares, Scotland’s Environment Secretary Rosanna Cunningham confirmed that legislation put in place in 2011 is working satisfactorily. A five year review conducted by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has found that snaring related incidents…

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Spring 2017 membership magazine now online

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Membership, Membership News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance’s Spring 2017 magazine is now online. Below is the Editor’s welcome letter outlining the content: Download now 2017 is something of a numbers game. Fresh from celebrating 350 years of the Cottesmore Hunt (p44) we now move on to the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust’s silver anniversary (p36) which will  see a series of…

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Welsh Government announce further consultation on Access and Outdoor Recreation

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Our Director for Wales Rachel Evans writes: Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths AM has announced her intention to go out to yet another consultation on “Improving Opportunities to Access the Outdoors for Recreation”. In a written statement the Minister set out her proposal for consultation on how current laws could be improved stating that there needs…

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CA20- our beliefs still resonate 20 years on from Hyde Park

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

The date of 10th July 1997, the date of the Hyde Park Rally, is generally acknowledged to mark the start of the Countryside Alliance as we know it. An amalgamation of the Countryside Movement, the British Field Sports Society and the Countryside Business Group, the Countryside Alliance celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. While we…

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