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Alliance concern as Parliament warns of broadband under-investment

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In a report published today (19 July 2016) “Establishing world-class connectivity throughout the UK” Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee warns of the challenge of delivering broadband to the final five percent of premises and says BT is “significantly under investing” in Openreach. This finding is disappointing for rural residents and businesses, says the…

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Endangered birds a highlight of ramblers’ visit to Ilkley Moor shoot

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A group of 16 ramblers from the Bradford area got a behind the scenes look at the workings and wildlife of a grouse moor when they walked Ilkley Moor with head gamekeeper Simon Nelson.  The Bradford CHA Rambling and Social Club saw a red kite, a number of endangered curlew, skylarks and, of course, grouse…

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Common Sense Prevails in EU vote on Firearms Directive

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the revised amendments to the EU Firearms Directive which protect the rights of legitimate shooters. The revised amendments, agreed by a committee of the European Parliament, are a significant improvement on the original amendments announced in November last year which would have introduced unnecessary restrictions on legitimate shooters. A huge debt…

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No further restrictions on lead ammunition as DEFRA rejects flawed report

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Secretary of State for the Environment, Liz Truss, has rejected the recommendations of the controversial Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) process and confirmed that there will be no further restrictions on the use of lead ammunition. In a letter to LAG Chairman, John Swift, The Secretary of State has confirmed that the Food Standards Agency will…

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Countryside groups unite to demand BBC reins in Packham

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THE UK’s leading countryside organisations have joined in condemnation of Chris Packham’s latest attack on grouse moors by demanding the BBC withdraws support for the anti-shooting campaigner. The broadcaster, who regularly presents nature and conservation programmes for the BBC, this week launched a personal social media campaign demanding that Marks And Spencer stops selling red…

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The importance of Grouse Moor management highlighted by new brochure

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The Countryside Alliance’s new brochure titled ‘The value of grouse moor management’ has been produced to help publicise the importance of heather moorland that is managed for grouse shooting. This is a habitat of international importance, and it is thanks to its management for grouse shooting that this unique landscape has been conserved, where elsewhere…

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New Environment Secretary answers key questions

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In the wake of the Conservative leadership race, our Chairman Simon Hart MP, wrote to the candidates with 10 questions of current interest to people in the countryside. We have published below the response from Andrea Leadsom who, following her decision to drop out of the leadership race, today (14 July) was appointed as the…

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Scottish Wildlife Trust upland policies ‘unscientific and irresponsible’

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance has challenged proposals to support the ‘transition away’ from ‘traditional deer stalking’ and ‘driven grouse moors’ as unscientific and irresponsible. The Scottish Wildlife Trust has published controversial new policies for the management of Scottish Uplands which call for the licensing of ‘driven grouse shooting’ and propose offering ‘support and training’ to…

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Countryside Alliance takes the lead to secure the future of gamekeeping apprenticeships

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The Countryside Alliance is securing the future of gamekeeping by working to develop an apprenticeship for new underkeepers. Our proposal for a new qualification has been approved by the Department of Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) and we are setting up a “trailblazer” group to work with other organisations and employers to develop the course….

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