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Angling clubs provide Christmas bonus for Fishing for Schools

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Our Fishing for Schools (F4S) initiative received two very generous donations from fishing clubs last week showing the growing importance within the fishing community of supporting the anglers of the future. F4S provides short angling courses at schools across the country, to aid the education of 12- to 18-year-olds who may not respond to traditional…

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Countryside Alliance supports new wildlife crime tool

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Raptor persecution maps for England and Wales have been published to enable the police to clearly see where the highest incidents are taking place and focus enforcement efforts in the areas that need it most. The maps produced by the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (RPPDG) present the number of shootings, trappings, poisonings and nest…

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The Lobby: Securing the future

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Game meat marketing and the need to develop effective self-regulation are top of the future proofing agenda for the Campaign for Shooting in 2018. The Countryside Alliance Campaign for Shooting exists to protect your shooting, and all the benefits that flow from it. The Campaign for Shooting is most clearly visible when we are dealing with…

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Sheffield school pupils rewarded with a visit from Falconry for Schools

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Fifty children from a Sheffield school were rewarded for their good behaviour and hard work with a visit from Dusty the African spotted eagle owl and Oslo the Harris hawk from the Falconry for Schools programme.  The birds and handler Rhiannon Cowling were invited into school today (13 December) as part of a “golden card”…

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The Countryside Alliance guide to trail-hunting

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Q: What is trail-hunting and when does it take place? A: Trail-hunting involves laying of a scent across the country which a pack of hounds then searches for and follows using their noses. The season starts in the autumn and continues throughout the winter, with most packs finishing during March. Q: When did trail-hunting become…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes new animal welfare bill but questions its timing

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Today the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, published a draft bill to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years in England and Wales. The draft bill also sets out that the government “must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government…

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‘Deck The Horns’ by Hannah de Haan

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The Countryside Alliance 2017 Christmas cards are still available to order. For this year we have nine beautiful, top quality Christmas Cards to choose from and the Countryside Alliance 2018 calendar. One of the cards ‘Deck The Horns’ has been kindly designed by Hannah de Haan, who’s work is all about capturing the world around her. Her work…

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Falconry for Schools brings feathered fun to West Yorkshire school

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A hundred students from Ryburn Valley High School in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire took part in Falconry for Schools fun over four days last month. The pupils, mostly from Years 7 and 8, plus a handful of 6th form vocational skills students, enjoyed visits from falconer Rhiannon Cowling and her birds on 14, 15, 17 and…

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Social media round up – 8th December

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Here are the Countryside Alliance’s social media highlights this week. Please follow Countryside Alliance on Hunting Facebook,   #loveofshooting ‘I pick up on a local syndicate and being outside in the field with my spaniel Remi is the only way I want to spend my Saturdays’ – Laura Croft Submit your story before 8th Dec for a…

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Beaver return must be closely monitored

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The Environment Secretary, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, has approved a request from the Forestry Commission to trial the release of a family of four beavers into the Forest of Dean. Beavers were last seen in the Forest 400 years ago and the Forestry Commission believes that their reintroduction will reduce flood risk for the…

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Scottish political prejudice targets hunting and shooting again

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Two years ago the Scottish Government appointed one of the most senior law lords, Lord Bonomy, to review the protection afforded to pest animals controlled under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. After a detailed inquiry Lord Bonomy reported late last year and concluded that fox control…

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