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Labour opposes pheasant shooting in Wales

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Earlier this week the Welsh Environment Minister wrote to Natural Resources Wales (NRW) stating that the Labour Government in Wales “does not support commercial pheasant shooting or the breeding of gamebirds”, because of “ethical issues”. This is an extraordinary statement which will be extremely disturbing to the thousands…

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Letter Opposing Game Shooting Leaves Welsh Government with Serious Questions to Answer

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In a dramatic conclusion to the widely publicised Natural Resource Wales (NRW) review of the use of firearms on land it manages, Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn has written a letter to NRW asking that they ignore the conclusions of the review because “the Welsh Government does not support commercial pheasant shooting”. Following a tense…

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Government recognises controlled heather burning

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COUNTRYSIDE ORGANISATIONS WELCOME MINISTERIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF MOORLAND MANAGEMENT’S ROLE IN HELPING PREVENT WILDFIRES    The Countryside Alliance, Moorland Association, BASC and National Gamekeepers’ Organisation today (Thursday 12th July) welcomed the Government’s recognition of the role of controlled heather burning in responsible moorland management to minimise the risk of uncontrollable wildfires. In response to a written…

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‘The fight for the countryside; Britain should rewild the uplands’

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The much-anticipated Intelligence Squared debate on ‘The Fight for the Countryside: Britain Should Rewild its Uplands’ saw the environmental commentator George Monbiot and naturalist Mark Cocker going up against NFU President, Minette Batters, and Rory Stewart MP. In attendance was a wide range of people, from young environmentalists, to a few dozen farmers (including five…

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Countryside Alliance wants to highlight the true extent of online bullying of rural communities

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The Countryside Alliance has launched a survey to ask people about their experiences of online bullying. The Countryside Alliance strongly condemns online bullying of any kind and has long campaigned to raise awareness of the issue. Over the last year the Countryside Alliance has alerted people to the online bullying that rural communities and supporters…

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Actor Julian Lewis Jones joins Fishing for Schools and Welsh schools for sea fishing expedition

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Welsh actor Julian Lewis Jones joined youngsters from Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen in Caernarfon and Holyhead High School for a day’s sea fishing last Monday (2 July) as part of a three-day fishing adventure, organised by the schools and Fishing for Schools (F4S). Gareth Edwards, assistant headteacher of Syr Hugh Owen said it all started…

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“Scale” drawings invited! Fishing for Schools Kent launches fishing art competition

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The Fishing for Schools regions are always looking for ways to make fishing fun for their pupils – this can include bait challenges (identifying baits by taste and feel whilst blindfolded!) and fishing competitions, but next school year the  Kent Fishing for Schools team is running a fun art competition between its schools, and the…

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Why ‘rewilding’ is the wrong debate

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Next Tuesday, in central London, ‘Intelligence Squared’ a glossy organisation which promotes itself as a forum for debate is hosting a discussion under the title ‘The Battle for the Countryside: Britain Should Rewild its Uplands’. The publicity material promises the usual nonsense about the countryside being allowed to…

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