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The Voice of the Countryside podcast – episode 2

| Latest News

The second episode of the Voice of the Countryside is now available to listen to online. In this episode presenters Liam Stokes and Rachel Smedley are joined by members of the team to discuss Chris Packham and BBC bias, the latest updates from the party conference season and what to expect from our upcoming Brexit…

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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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Voting update for the upcoming National Trust AGM

| Campaigns, Hunting

We are encouraging all members of the National Trust – whether members of the Countryside Alliance or not – to vote against the members’ resolution to ban trail-hunting on National Trust land before the closing date at 23:59 on 13th October. The Trust’s board has recommended to their members that they vote AGAINST this resolution too….

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Re-Introduction of the Valuation of Shooting Rights and Deer Forests issued in Scotland

| Campaigns, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, one of the more controversial pieces of legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament, came into force on 22 April 2016. Part 6 of the Act repeals the exclusion of shootings and deer forests from the Ratings Valuation Roll established by the Conservative Government in the 1990s. Announcing her intentions…

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Michael Gove amongst speakers at CA events at Conservative Conference

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying

The Countryside Alliance will be hosting a breakfast discussion meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester with Defra Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, and Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner. The ‘Brexit Breakfast’ will be an opportunity for Tim to question the Secretary of State about the principles and priorities…

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Labour promises to “battle” for the countryside during Brexit

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News

Shadow Brexit Minister, Jenny Chapman MP, said that “the mother of all battles” was going to take place in Parliament as Brexit legislation is debated over the next few months, and promised that Labour would win some of those battles given the Government’s small majority in Westminster. Speaking at the Countryside Alliance fringe event at…

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Fundraising fishing event raises cash for new Fishing for Schools group

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Fundraising, Outdoor Education, Uncategorised

A fabulous fundraising angling event was held at Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District on Saturday (23 Sept) in aid of the new Fishing for Schools South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire group. Twenty-five people took part in the fishing competitions and then carried on to a very jolly meal and raffle at the nearby Ladybower…

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In memory of huntsman Patrick Field Till

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Patrick Till, who died in his 80th year on 21st July 2017 founded the Hunsley Beacon Beagles in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the county in which he lived, worked and hunted for many years. The son of a Beverley solicitor, who was also a keen beagler, Patrick went to Haileybury public school where he spent…

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Best of British Cattle

| Food and Farming

Our traditional breeds of cattle have lively support from passionate breeders who take enormous care to ensure they survive and thrive. GLOUCESTERS An ancient breed, the Gloucester was originally tri-purpose, being used as oxen as well as for dairy and beef. A striking-looking animal, it has a dark mahogany body and a black head and legs,…

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