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Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to the Scottish Environment LINK wildlife crime report

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Jamie Stewart Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) director said: “We share the stated desire of the Scottish Environmental LINK report – to eradicate wildlife crime in Scotland in its many guises. “However it is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that this collaboration of self interest groups have failed to engage with those that are actively involved in…

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Innovative broadband projects are the answer for hard to reach rural areas

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement of the eight innovative projects which have been chosen by the Government to test alternative ways of boosting superfast broadband coverage in rural areas. The ground-breaking projects chosen to be tested in the £10m Department of Culture Media and Sport initiative were revealed today (19 June).  Countryside Alliance head…

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Electronic Communications Code welcome but more time for scrutiny needed, says Countryside Alliance

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the inclusion of a new Electronic Communications Code (ECC) in the Infrastructure Bill currently being debated by Parliament, but urges the Government to allow more time for scrutiny of the Bill. The ECC regulates agreements between landowners and communications companies regarding the location and installation of telecoms masts and other infrastructure,…

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HS2 must be scrapped if exceptional benefits cannot be demonstrated

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Environmental Audit Committee’s recommendations in its report published today (7 April) and agrees that “everything possible is done to minimise damage to ancient woodlands and SSSIs by the HS2 high-speed rail line and that where loss is genuinely unavoidable, that compensation is applied to the fullest extent possible”.  However, we…

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Angling guru Charles Jardine wins Arthur Oglesby Award for services to the sport

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The Countryside Alliance’s angling consultant Charles Jardine won a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the CLA Game Fair on Sunday (20 July). The Arthur Oglesby Award was given to Charlie in recognition of his lifetime contribution to fishing and in particular his dedication to the Countryside Alliance’s Fishing For Schools campaign, which introduces fishing to…

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Case against Devon and Somerset hunt members is dropped

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The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that all charges against Devon and Somerset huntsman Donald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood have been dropped. The three faced a total of four charges relating to alleged incidents of hunting with dogs on 14 September and 24 October 2013.  Avon and Somerset CPS had decided…

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Another bumper year for shooting in the North East

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The shooting industry is celebrating another great year as the 2014/15 shooting season comes to an end this weekend. The last day of the season is the beaters’ day on many shoots, when those people who have worked throughout the season take their turn with a gun. Research undertaken in 2014 shows that shooting is…

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Wooler report vindicates Countryside Alliance’s concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation…

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