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Newcomers’ week emphasises a large and growing appetite for all forms of legal hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliances’ annual Hunting Newcomers Week (15th – 21th October) has seen another large number of people experience hunting for the first time. The aim of Hunting Newcomers’ Week is to introduce as many new faces to the hunting field as possible and encourage them to have an enjoyable day seeing different country while…

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Members of the National Trust vote against members resolution to ban the use of barbed wire on their properties

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The National Trust Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday, 20th October 2018 at the STEAM Museum in Swindon. Voting took place to decide the future of barbed wire on National Trust (NT) properties with members voting to allow the continuation of this form of fencing across more than 618,000 acres owned by the…

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Countryside Alliance urges Treasury to secure broadband funding

| Campaigns, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance has called on the Treasury to guarantee funding to deliver the Universal Service Obligation for broadband and ring-fence funds for the Government’s commitment to provide full-fibre broadband coverage across all of the UK by 2033. Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, and representatives from other organisations met the Chief Secretary to the…

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

| About Us, Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Wales, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

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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Sustaining upland communities, a public good says Michael Gove

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

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, told delegates at the Conservative Party Conference that sustaining upland landscapes and communities is “absolutely” a public good and will receive financial support under a new agricultural policy post Brexit. Speaking at the Countryside Alliance fringe event on Monday 1st October…

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October’s F4S tip of the month for young anglers – Get out and about for the trout!

| Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

October should be a cooler month, especially after a record-breaking heat wave, that seemed to go on and on, but I fear this weather could become the norm for every year as life goes on. Trout fishing suffered badly for most fisheries over the summer but if you are an early riser you probably had…

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Biggest catches yet netted in the annual Kent Fishing for Schools match

| Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

Teams of children from five schools across Kent competed to land the biggest catch in the annual Fishing for Schools match at Grove Farm Fishery (25 September). The day was fiercely over-subscribed, with teams of four taking part on a first come, first served basis. This year’s competitors were from Thamesview School in Gravesend; Meadowfield…

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Apply now for a Fishing for Schools course for your school

| Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education

Schools across England and Wales have until 9 November to apply for free Fishing for Schools courses in 2019. Fishing for Schools is an initiative run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF), the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides free, short angling courses at schools across the country, to aid the education of 10…

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Casting for Recovery holds a successful retreat at Forbes of Kingennie

| Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Press Release

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the medical fly fishing programme for ladies who have, or have had breast cancer, held its 8th retreat at the Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort, near Dundee, last weekend (21-23 September) in brilliant weather, despite us following in the wake of hurricanes from across the Atlantic. Twelve ladies attended…

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