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Gamekeepers and other non-agricultural occupants of tied housing – a survey

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

For the gamekeeper being made redundant, retiring, or simply losing their job due to circumstance, housing is usually the most important concern. Harrison Riddle, a keeper’s son, has drawn up a short questionnaire on the subject as part of his dissertation at Harper Adams University. We join the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust in supporting this study…

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Labour plans to raise gun licence fees

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Supporters of shooting will be interested to read the below exchange which took place in an Opposition Day debate on Future Government Spending. The debate took place in the House of Commons on Wednesday 4th March and a factor was Labour’s plan to raise £17m through increasing gun licence fees, with Shadow Chief Secretary to the…

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Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Shooting is worth £2 billion a year to the UK economy and provides significant conservation benefits according to the results of independent research released today (click here) by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance. The figures are outlined in a new report – The Value of Shooting – conducted by Cambridge-based Public…

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9-10 May – “High Birds in May” – the Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot, Northumberland

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th 2015 – the Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot at the beautiful Whitfield Estate in Northumberland – more at www.whitfieldclays.co.uk. This event is a fundraiser for several charities including the Countryside Alliance. Read on for details.  Perpetual trophy for highest overall team score Top ‘keepers team prize each day Top ladies team…

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“Labour Protecting Animals” pledge – we seek clarification

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

As reported in last week’s issue, the Labour Party has launched a “Protecting Animals Pledge” which makes some confusing statements on issues including “shooting estates” as well as snares and raptors. Countryside Alliance Director of Shooting Adrian Blackmore has since written to Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP asking for clarification on several of the…

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Lobby your parliamentary candidates – do they oppose a ban on lead shot?

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: “Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance’s General Election Manifesto and ask…

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