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Welcoming Quito decision on lead shot

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a decision taken at the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Quito last week to allow countries to make their own decisions on whether to phase out of lead ammunition. The ‘Guidelines to Prevent the Risk of Migratory Birds’ now state: “it is for each…

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Registered Firearms Dealers in NI not required to keep electronic records

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) welcomes the decision by the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland (DOJNI) that it is not a requirement for Registered Firearms Dealers (RFDs) in Northern Ireland to hold records electronically. This decision brings Northern Ireland into compliance with the amendments to the European Firearms Directive, which come in to force on…

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Bird Flu and live quarry shooting

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Shooting organisations are in close touch with Defra and with each other over the handling of the confirmed case of Avian Influenza at a single, indoor duck farm near to Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The virus has been identified as an H5 variety, which is highly pathogenic in birds but it is…

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Supporting the NGO on buzzard control

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: There has been an interesting legal development in the long running argument over licences for the control of buzzards this week.The High Court has accepted an application from a gamekeeper to proceed with a Judicial Review of Natural England’s decision not to issue a licence to allow…

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Countryside Alliance briefing on hen harriers

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance’s shooting campaign has circulated the following brief on the Hen Harrier which offers an introduction, the background on the hen harrier and grouse shooting conflict, Defra’s group on hen harriers, brood management and breeding successes.  INTRODUCTION The hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) is resident in some 87 countries across the northern hemisphere, and…

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Shooting’s true value – going behind the statistics at Blanchland

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Shooting Director Adrian Blackmore has written a feature for the Alliance’s Winter magazine examining shooting’s all-encompassing role in the North East community of Blanchland. Adrian meets several of the characters at Blanchland and finds out about their jobs off-season as well as on shoot days, writing: “Everyone on the moor has an important…

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