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Elevating the status of British dressage

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Congratulations to our Olympic dressage team Charlotte Dujardin, Fiona Bigwood, Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton who put up a stellar performance to clinch a team silver medal at Rio 2016. Charlotte then went onto retain her individual title with a huge 93.857% in the Freestyle to music that not even the Germans who claimed team…

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Our brief on grouse shooting & moorland management

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Ahead of the 12th August, the traditional start of the grouse shooting season, the Countryside Alliance has sent a “key questions answered” brief to MPs. The brief begins: There is a lot of misunderstanding about grouse shooting and its associated moorland management. The questions and answers below provide a factual response to the most common concerns….

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UKIP leadership contenders’ priorities for rural Britain  

| Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

As the UKIP leadership contest continues, the Countryside Alliance has written to all contenders to establish their views on key rural priorities. A letter from our Chief Executive Tim Bonner to the candidates reads: At this important time for the countryside, following the vote to leave the European Union, rural communities are looking for clear…

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Tim Bonner on the lead shot debacle

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: You can die from drinking too much water. Thankfully it is an extremely rare occurrence but people, often those involved in sports, can suffer from ‘water intoxication’ when the amount of water they drink dilutes levels of sodium in their blood causing nausea, dizziness and, in extreme cases,…

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Angling Trust grant will improve facilities for disabled fishers on F4S courses

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The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) project and Hadlow College in Kent have received a £5,000 grant from the Angling Trust to improve facilities for disabled fishers and train young instructors at the college’s Grove Farm Fishery.  F4S runs short courses that offer a different way of learning for pupils, many with special…

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‘Agreed Findings’ on lead ammunition

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The Countryside Alliance warmly welcomes the publication, as a result of a Freedom of Information request, of the ‘Agreed findings of the Lead Ammunition Group’. This report was agreed by members of the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) that resigned due to “abuses of process”, including  the Countryside Alliance, CLA, Gun Trade Association and the National…

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Sir Barney White-Spunner discusses lead shot in Shooting Times

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Former Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman, Sir Barney White-Spunner, has written in the latest Shooting Times (27th July) magazine his thoughts on the recent decision by Defra to reject the LAG report. The article which can be read below follows the Countryside Alliance long-term policy and we thank Shooting Times and Sir Barney for allowing us…

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Alliance statement on the Natural England grant of Buzzard Licence

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“The Countryside Alliance has always supported the principle that a species should be managed according to its local population status and impact on economic and conservation activities, not according to public perception. Many species are already culled under a number of different licences. Shooting provides immense conservation, economic and social benefits, and in some places…

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