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Farming is for food

| Food and Farming, Latest News, Our Blog

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Debate around a new agricultural policy has centred on the concept of paying farmers for the ‘public goods’ they provide which are not rewarded by the market. Amongst the list of public goods in the Government’s consultation on the future of farming, which closed this week, there was…

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Food production should not be overlooked in new agricultural policy

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has called for productive and competitive farming to be at the heart of our new agricultural policy in written evidence submitted to Defra’s Health and Harmony consultation on the future of farming. The consultation, which closed on 8 May and received 44,000 submissions, is designed to inform the Government’s thinking on how…

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New venue for Fishing for Schools Kent at Cobham Hall lakes

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Members of the Thameside Works Angling and Preservation Society (TWAPS) have kindly agreed to let the Fishing for Schools Kent group use a club water, that is normally only open to members, for coaching. The new arrangement means F4S will be able to use Cobham Hall, which is a lovely water in the grounds of…

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Chris Packham, the BBC and a death threat

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes:  The Times has reported that the police are investigating a death threat made against the Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Mike Cantlay. The threats have come in the wake of the BBC’s Chris Packham asking his hundreds of thousands of followers to email Mr Cantlay, then sharing…

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Countryside Alliance statement on death threat made to SNH Chairman over cull decision

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The Countryside Alliance has released a statement on the back of an article in today’s Times [04/05/2018] which states that the Scottish Natural Heritage Chairman, Mike Cantlay, has received a death threat and abusive letters following the decision to allow a trial cull of ravens in a project designed to boost numbers of declining waders. The…

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Fishing 4 Schools tip of the month for young anglers – May – tempting a trout

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The warmer weather is here at last and Fishing 4 Schools instructor and  fly fishing expert Bob Goble gives us his tips for good fishing this May. I am so glad that May is here and I’m feeling the warmth on my back at last, after the dreadful weather earlier this year. Life is great…

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Further thoughts on the Raven Research Licence

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Jamie Stewart, the Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance writes: The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomed the pragmatic approach taken by SNH last week in granting a five-year licence for raven control across part of Perthshire, to learn more about the impact of raven predation on ground nesting birds such as the curlew. In the face…

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