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Take part in new Land-based business survey

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Scottish Land & Estates has launched a survey to better understand the ‘nature of land-based business’ in 2016. The management of land and the things we get from land is increasingly in the spotlight.  The pressure to deliver multiple outcomes from land management such as food and fibre production, natural flood management, better water quality, improved…

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SCA: “we must work together to tackle raptor persecution”

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance has called into question an RSPB statement that those responsible for the latest case of raptor persecution in the Highlands could be associated with sporting interests, and calls for unity in working to eradicate raptor persecution. Director Scotland Jamie Stewart said: “As active members of Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland, we…

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Calls for reasonable air weapons fees “have fallen on deaf ears”

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Calls for a reasonable and logical fees system to the new air weapons licensing system have fallen on deaf ears as the Scottish Government has this week released the publication of the Air Weapons Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Regulations, that are due to come into force on July 1st, are a mockery to those…

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Kent PCC’s swift action over firearms licensing congratulated

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The Countryside Alliance has congratulated Kent PCC Matthew Scott on swift action over firearms licensing. Newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Matthew Scott (pictured left), has announced a £39,000 of new funding to address the backlog in firearms licensing that built up under his predecessor, Ann Barnes. Research undertaken by the Countryside Alliance…

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More safeguards needed in Land Registry privatisation

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The Countryside Alliance has warned the Government that the proposed privatisation of the Land Registry needs to have better safeguards to protect land-based rural businesses. The Government is currently consulting on plans that would move the operations of the Land Registry into the private sector. Under the Government’s preferred option, the Registers which record land…

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£40,000 raised for charity by Whitfield Clay Shoot

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Around 400 shots enjoyed the spring sunshine as they competed in the Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot in Northumberland on 14-15 May. Whitfield is renowned for some of the finest game shooting in the UK, and this clay shoot matches the challenges the estate is known for via a range of simulated stands. The Whitfield Annual…

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Consumers’ needs at the heart of Royal Mail regulation

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes Ofcom’s assurance today (25th May) that ‘the universal postal service is financially sustainable’ following fears that competition was making the service unviable in rural areas. Ofcom began a review of Royal Mail regulation last summer but put the ‘Universal Service Obligation’ (USO) outside the scope of the review, which at the…

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RSPCA on road to “complete calamity”

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner: On Saturday it seemed, for a moment, that the RSPCA had taken the first step towards redemption and repairing its battered reputation. New Chief Executive, Jeremy Cooper, gave a frank and honest interview to the Daily Telegraph in which he apologised for the Society’s failings in recent times whilst…

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Welcoming Roseanna Cunningham to rural brief

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Roseanna Cunningham MSP has been appointed Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: The Scottish Government’s decisions on the implementation of Land Reform will be pivotal to continuance of business within the land and game management sector and to the…

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