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This time next week we will know the winners of the Countryside Alliance Awards… wish them luck!

| Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Awards, Latest News

Next week will see the House of Lords host the 13th Countryside Alliance Awards. This year’s regional winners’ are all truly exceptional, and that is not surprising considering the number of nominations received. The secret to the Rural Oscars’ popularity is that they honour the people involved in these businesses and not just their produce…

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Countryside Alliance sets out red lines for the future of firearms licensing medical procedure

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

The Countryside Alliance has detailed the chaos currently gripping the medical procedures associated with firearms licensing. We understand that the Home Office may be about to attempt to impose a ‘solution’ on gun owners in the form of a fee to GPs for completing the initial medical records check and adding a marker to medical…

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Minister agrees to review sentencing for fly-tipping

| Latest News, Press Release

The Environment Minister, Dr Therese Coffey MP, has told MPs that the Government will review sentencing for those found guilty of fly-tipping waste. Speaking in a Westminster Hall Debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 17 April, Dr Coffey defended the Government’s record saying that “Councils have over 20 powers to tackle fly-tipping… and…

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Get Involved: Contact your MP

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News

The Countryside Alliance has launched a guide on how to contact your local MP and some suggestions for what issues to raise with your representatives in Westminster. Contacting your local MP is a great way to raise issues that matter to you and your community from challenges faced by local hunts and shoots, to local…

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Firearms legislation: The good, the bad and the ugly

| Shooting

Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Liam Stokes writes: The Government is making changes to our firearms legislation. Some are good, some are bad, but none address the key problem at the heart of the system: the failing medical procedures. In fact, that situation is threatening to get worse. The good comes in the form of…

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A ‘welcomed development’ as limited extensions of firearms certificates come into force

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

The introduction of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 inserts a new section into the Firearms Act 1968 that provides for an extension of eight weeks to expiring firearm and shotgun certificates in specified circumstances. This allows the licensing department to take extra time to ensure they have made an informed decision on the applicant’s…

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Charles Jardine’s Wessex Water Challenge blog: We did it!!

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Fundraising, Latest News, Our Blog, Press Release

Last weekend Fishing for Schools founder and director Charles Jardine completed his most extreme challenge to date, raising more than £10,000 for the charity. Charles and his running partner Richard Davis ran between three Wessex Water fisheries – a distance equivalent to two marathons, all within 24 hours. In his final blog, Charles tells us…

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Countryside Alliance objects to mandatory catch and release policy for salmon

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has raised concerns about the Environment Agency’s proposal to introduce a mandatory catch and release policy for salmon fishing in some rivers in England. The proposal is part of a series of measures being consulted on by the Environment Agency with the aim of increasing salmon stocks, which in many parts of…

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