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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should…

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67% of RSPB donors support translocation

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Hen harrier numbers arouse great passions. The disagreement over potential recovery programmes has been so strong that despite decades of debate they have not been introduced and we are left with very few hen harriers on English Uplands. We wondered what, beyond noisy campaigners like ourselves, was the opinion of ordinary people? So last week…

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Tim Bonner writes for our magazine on the hen harrier

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner has written a feature for our Autumn membership magazine in which he outlines the current situation relating to hen harriers. In “Aiding the skydancer’s recovery” Tim explains “As long as the suspicion of raptor persecution hangs around grouse shooting it will be used by our opponents to negate all the positive…

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Moorland Association response to Ember Report

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Moorland Association has released the following press release: The ancient tradition of carefully managed rotational burning on moorlands following modern best practice is one of many tools used to enhance some species in fragile upland areas. Over the past six months, nature, conservation, farming, grouse shooting and water quality representatives have been identifying best…

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Moorland management vital to this environmental asset, says CA

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Heather burning is an important tool of moorland management the Countryside Alliance has said, following a report that suggested the practice might contribute to global warming. The research from Leeds University, entitled the EMBER report, suggested that heather burning on moorland, has negative impacts on peat hydrology, peat chemistry and physical properties, river water chemistry…

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Go wild for game this season

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Eating game is cheap, it’s healthy, it benefits the countryside, and it is in season now. What’s not to like? The number one benefit of eating game is its healthiness. Research carried out by Leatherhead Food International* shows how game compares very favourably with other red and white meats. Venison is high in protein, low…

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