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The Scottish Countryside Alliance at the party conferences

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The May elections in Scotland are fast approaching and the Scottish Countryside Alliance travelled to Edinburgh and Glasgow for the party conferences to discuss wildlife management and conservation. The SCA was the only organisation to host events about rural affairs at this year’s conferences and our meetings asked delegates from the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and…

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National Parks survey – have your say

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Many of our members and supporters live, work and farm in National Parks, and are rightly proud to be their custodians. The National Parks were designated precisely because they are special landscapes created by generations of farmers. The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) played a leading role in…

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Please support our London Marathon runners

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It’s Virgin Money London Marathon week and our team is revving up for the 26.2mile run on Sunday. Each runner has pledged to raise £2,000 for the Countryside Alliance Foundation so we hope you will all dig deep to support these rural warriors running for the countryside. The team is made up of: Thomas Eyles: London-based financial…

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The future of the RSPCA

| Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Four years ago, when we faced the prospect of an extended battle with the RSPCA with more than a little trepidation, the current state of the Society would have been unthinkable. This week the Charity Commission announced that it had instructed the charity to carry out an independent…

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Wales doesn’t want further rights to roam

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Polling carried out for the Countryside Alliance shows that 52% of people asked feel there is “about the right amount” of access land in Wales and a further 5% thought that there is too much. Last summer, the Labour-run Welsh government launched a consultation on increasing access to the outdoors for responsible recreation. The results…

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National Wildlife Crime Unit gains reprieve

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Good news this week, as reported by Farmers Guardian’s FG Insight website: “The Government has announced new funding ensuring the future of the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), which had been under threat from closure due to spending constraints. “In a Parliamentary statement on Tuesday, Defra Minister Rory Stewart said Defra and Home Office Ministers had…

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OFCOM proposals could close digital divide between town and country, says Alliance

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The initial findings of the OFCOM digital review, which has been published today (25 February), could signal positive change for mobile phone reception and broadband speeds in rural communities, says the Countryside Alliance. The Alliance has long campaigned for better broadband and mobile coverage in rural areas and believes we need a competitive market that…

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Firearms Directive meeting held at European Parliament

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The European Parliament has, this week (23rd March), held its first exchange of views on the proposed amendments of the Firearms Directive. A number of proposals were discussed that would see restrictions on the licensed use of firearms by reducing the ability for under-18s to shoot, standard medical tests and the banning of certain self-loading rifles….

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