The Countryside Alliance’s Autumn magazine is now online. The Editor’s note introducing the issue reads: There is plenty of good news to report this issue. As Tim Bonner takes over as Chief Executive (p16) The Countryside Alliance Foundation assumes the running of the wonderful Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the fly fishing programme for ladies with breast cancer (p36). Not only that but the Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the Rural Oscars, are back in 2015 and await your nomination (p14). We welcome new Defra Minister Rory Stewart to our pages (p50) as he writes about his love of the countryside and, in something of a first, Olympic Dressage medallist Carl Hester is to give recently retired Champion Jockey AP McCoy a dressage lesson at our own Cheltenham Countryside Race Day in November (p28).

The elegance of riding side saddle is celebrated on p25 while the Chef and team from the famous Rules restaurant in London marked the start of the grouse season by touring a grouse moor just ahead of the Glorious 12th (p12), the better to understand the wild and delicious meat they are serving. It’s not all good news, however. Jamie Stewart reports on Scottish airgun legislation (p30). Also of concern were the summer’s events around the Hunting Act and the SNP u-turn, but we put your mind at rest that our campaign for repeal is still in high gear.

To complete this issue we feature a rural crime survey (p10), working dogs (p38) and the delights of the Arundell Arms (p46).

Jill Grieve, Editor. Follow me on Twitter @CAupdates

Download the Autumn 2015 magazine here