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Countryside past, present and future

| Hunting

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: It is sometimes easy to look at the rural rites of Christmas and think that nothing really changes in the countryside. However, beyond the iconic images of hounds and huntsman on the village green, or friends and family gathering for a Boxing Day shoot the countryside is ever…

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Seasons Greetings

| Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

It has been an overwhelmingly busy year, and while we will never be complacent, the Campaign for Shooting has many reasons to be happy this festive season. This year we have shown the strength in Parliament we can call upon when required. An unprecedented 74 MPs from across parties signed the amendment to withdraw the…

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The Spring Traps Approval (Scotland) Amendment Order 2018

| Campaigns, Latest News

The standstill period for the Scottish Government’s notification of the draft Spring Traps Approval (Scotland) Amendment Order 2018, under the Technical Standards Directive to EU Member States ended on 13 December 2018. No comments or any detailed opinions were received on this notification. Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, has…

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Counting on your support this Boxing Day

| Hunting

Countryside Alliance’s Head of Hunting Polly Portwin writes: Around a quarter of a million people are expected to turn out to greet hounds on Boxing Day, either to follow them on a horse, on foot, in a car, or simply just to watch the spectacle for a few minutes during the meet in a local…

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Ofcom’s digital connectivity report: More needs to be done in rural areas

| Campaigns, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

This week Ofcom released their annual review of digital connectivity ‘Connected Nations 2018’ which charts the UK’s rollout of broadband and mobile coverage and some welcome proposals on how they are going to improve mobile coverage through the 700Mhz auction. The Connected Nations report contains some good news for rural areas which showed broadband and…

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Animal rights petitions shrink when subject to public scrutiny

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: The electronic petition has been a staple of animal rights campaigning for many years. Attempts to gather numbers of actual people to demonstrate against hunting or shooting have always ended in abject failure, so campaigners have sought to bypass real demonstrations of support and substitute cyber lists. The…

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A Festive Feast – Christmas Mallard

| Uncategorised

The Game Chef visits Berry Bros. & Rudd to celebrate the season with glorious game and perfect wine accompaniments   The dish eats well with all the usual Christmas accompaniments, and don’t neglect the sticky soft orange slices. Having lazed for hours under the duck, absorbing the slowly reducing juices, they are glorious! Serves 4…

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Rural groups take next step in legal bid to challenge shooting ban

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release

      THREE of the UK’s leading rural organisations have launched the next stage of their legal action against Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) ban on pheasant shooting on public land. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Countryside Alliance (CA) and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) have issued proceedings seeking permission from…

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Anti-shooting petition collapses when signatures are open to scrutiny

| Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Wales, Latest News, Press Release

A petition calling for the licencing of game shoots which was lodged on the Assembly website was coldly received by Assembly Members, having only received 119 signatures and only 24 from within Wales. The Countryside Alliance has called for the Assembly to consider only petitions submitted in this fashion, because it guarantees transparency. In June…

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