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Aintree Raceday a huge success

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Our second annual Raceday at Aintree was a great success last Sunday. I had the pleasure of speaking to an audience of 350 people at our sold out lunch and auction. I was under no illusions that they had come to hear me, but rather to see the…

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State of Nature report & a divergence of opinion

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Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Campaigns Liam Stokes writes: The State of Nature report has been published, and it would appear to be grim reading. In the coming days we will go through the report and the supporting documents to see what conclusions the working countryside can draw from the analysis, but our immediate reaction…

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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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Countryside Alliance asks Labour leadership candidates their priorities for rural Britain

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At this important time for the countryside, following the vote to leave the European Union, rural communities are looking for clear leadership and direction. As part of this Labour leadership campaign we have invited the Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn MP and Owen Smith MP to set out their priorities for rural Britain.   Below…

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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 launches “Shooting in Wales- For Countryside and Community”

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The Countryside Alliance has moved to ensure that new Welsh Assembly Members are equipped with the facts about shooting in Wales, launching a brochure detailing the enormous contribution that shooting makes to rural economies, communities and habitats in rural Wales.   At a time when those organisations against shooting are bombarding our politicians with misinformation,…

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The real issues at stake in the hunting debate

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Solicitor Advocate Jamie Foster writes in the Western Morning News: “Pandemonium has broken out amongst otherwise mildly hysterical animal rights organisations such as the League Against Cruel Sports and Brian May’s ‘Save Me’. Despite yesterday’s hiccup, prompted by the Scottish Nationalists decision to vote on an issue that has nothing to do with them, MPs…

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