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BBC claims rural issues are not ‘public policy issues’

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: When BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ presenter Dr Adam Rutherford launched a feisty attack on Labour MP Graham Stringer’s reappointment to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee on social media he did not seem to have BBC Editorial Standards in mind. Mr Stringer complained to the…

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Hypocrisy in the anti-hunting movement

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Hypocrisy is not, of course, something we should be surprised about in the anti-hunting movement, but the current campaign against trail-hunting on National Trust land is a high water mark. You may remember that throughout the ridiculous debate about the hunting ban, those opposed to hunting from Ministerial…

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A fabulous Chatsworth Country Fair for Fishing for Schools

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Fishing for Schools enjoyed three fabulous days at Chatsworth Country Fair (1-3 September), with the new and improved Fishing for Schools Fisherman’s Village an unprecedented success. For the first time the angling area at the annual country fair was sponsored and run by Fishing for Schools and our new fly fishing charity Castaway, with additional…

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Countryside Alliance launches podcast channel

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The Countryside Alliance is delighted to launch its new podcast series – ‘Voice of the Countryside’. Presenters Liam Stokes and Rachel Smedley will be delving into topical rural issues, bringing you expert analysis of the Countryside Alliance team in a whole new format. Available to download now, the first podcast takes on the topic of…

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Countryside Alliance will hold BBC to account

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Countryside Alliance’s Head of Shooting Liam Stokes writes: The BBC Trust could not have been clearer in its 2016 report – Chris Packham’s campaigning activities should be subject to regular and formal assessments to avoid harming the BBC’s reputation for impartiality. Based on recent pronouncements those reviews clearly aren’t happening, and we at the Countryside…

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Fishing for Schools casts its net further to support mental health groups in the South East

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With the school summer holidays on-going, the Fishing for Schools Kent team has been extending the benefits of fishing to adults and young people from three mental health groups. The benefits of fishing to mind and body are well known. The most obvious boon is that common to all activities that take us out into…

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15 best moments of the Glorious Twelfth

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Saturday 12th August marked the start of the grouse shooting season and it certainly was glorious…   1. Those views   No Sunday blues for anyone who was lucky enough to shoot grouse yesterday! . . #glorioustwelfth #shotgun #shooting #fieldsports #hullcartridge #thegunroomlondon #scotland #braemar #countryside #countrysports #grouse #grousemoor #heatherhills #purpleoffice #gundog #labrador #spaniel #hunting 📸:…

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August’s tips for young anglers, with Bob Goble

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July started unseasonably warm, with record temperatures in the south east – though cooler and wetter elsewhere. I suspect August will be much the same. Trout fishing has been difficult , with some fisheries deciding to close until the end of the month. Trout are a cold water species and don’t tolerate water that is too…

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BBC takes sides against working countryside

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: On Monday morning cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham was invited onto BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast to talk about his support for the Country Food Trust which had been highlighted in the previous day’s Sunday Times. Sir Ian is donating 10,000 pheasants and £40,000 in aid of the…

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