Devolved Regions

Countryside Alliance welcome statement on snaring by Cabinet Secretary

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Latest News, Press Release

Following years of Countryside Alliance work in the Welsh Assembly, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has signalled her commitment to continue working with the shooting community to improve snaring practice rather than legislate against snares altogether. The Cabinet Secretary had been extensively lobbied by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), who…

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Welsh finalists in the 2016 Rural Oscars are announced

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming

Wales’ finalists in the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with businesses from all over Wales going head to head for a national title and a shot at the British title. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working…

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Making a mockery of the Assembly – League Against Cruel Sports ridicule research

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Latest News, Press Release

Making a mockery of the Assembly – League Against Cruel Sports ridicule research. Welsh Assembly Members are being misled by the League Against Cruel Sports as they manipulate DEFRA-led scientific research. The Countryside Alliance, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and BASC gave evidence to the National Assembly for Wales’ Climate Change, Environment and Rural…

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Rural Oscars categories and criteria

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The Rural Oscars are closed to nominations for 2016, but we are happy to let retailers and customers know exactly what we are looking for in this competition and what we really need to know about each business in order to judge them fairly. Below are the guidelines that the national judging panel works to. These are…

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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

| Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

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

| Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

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

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

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

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming, Latest News, Our Blog, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

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

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

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

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

  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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