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Vets and Government investigating Alabama Rot

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release

Following further confirmed cases of the disease known as Alabama Rot, the Government has revealed that “a private veterinary group is co-ordinating an investigation” into the cause of the disease in the UK with support from the Animal and Plant Health Agency. The latest information comes from the response to parliamentary questions from Banbury MP,…

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Countryside Alliance welcome Ofcom’s latest move to deliver the Universal Service Obligation

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Ofcom’s latest move to deliver the Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband throughout the UK. Ofcom has issued a request for expressions of interest in serving as Universal Service Provider for broadband. It is vital that suitable providers are identified swiftly and the USO fully implemented across all parts of…

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Countryside Alliance Raise “Rural Representation” with Ofcom

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has submitted evidence to Ofcom’s “Thematic review of representation and portrayal on the BBC”, highlighting our concerns regarding the representation of the rural community. Following a spate of recent complaints against the BBC, the Countryside Alliance met representatives from Ofcom to discuss our concerns regarding BBC impartiality on rural issues, to highlight…

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Old-style fishing match raises £1,971 for Fishing for Schools

| Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

The inaugural Olde Bait Challenge took place on 17 June at Wessex Water’s Durleigh Reservoir, Somerset, raising a fabulous £1,971 for Fishing for Schools. Very many thanks to organiser and Fishing for Schools instructor Ray Jones! F4S instructor Charlie Halliday gave us this report from the day: “Ye Olde Bait Challenge attracted some big names…

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Countryside Alliance questions Farming Minister on Defra priorities

| Campaigns, Food and Farming, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has questioned whether Defra is committing enough resources to preparing farming and rural communities for Brexit at a conference in Northumberland on the future of farming. The event, hosted by Hexham MP Guy Opperman on Friday 15 June, was an opportunity for local farmers and stakeholders to express their views and concerns…

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Countryside Alliance Issues Call for Evidence Following Meeting with Firearms Minister

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

The Countryside Alliance is asking members and supporters to report their experience of firearms licensing medical procedures, following a meeting with Home Office Minister Nick Hurd MP. Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner and Head of Shooting Liam Stokes met Mr Hurd and Home Office officials to discuss our concerns over the failure of the medical…

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The rise of the British mammal

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: This week the Mammal Society published ‘A Review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals’ which contained quite a lot of good news. Otters are back in decent numbers, polecats and pine martens are increasing in range. Beavers and wild boar have been reintroduced. Populations of…

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Welsh Affair Select Committee chair David T.C Davies MP tackles Welsh Government over “selective” choice of Round Table Wales stakeholder group

| Countryside Alliance Wales

The Welsh Affairs Select Committee Westminster held an evidence session with Welsh Government on Thursday the 7th of June in Cardiff to question the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs on agriculture, trade and the repatriation of powers. The Alliance attended the meeting as observers and had already had the opportunity to meet…

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Assembly Member Angela Burns AM challenges Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Sayed over NRW shooting review and gets support from the First Minster

| Countryside Alliance Wales

In First Ministers questions on Tuesday the 12th of June, the League Against Cruel Sports proposed Bethan Sayed AM to accuse the Natural Resources Wales review team of bias and impartiality issues relating to the recent firearms review. In rebuttal and following discussions with Rachel Evans of the Countryside Alliance, Angela Burns AM raised the…

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Rachel Evans talks shooting, angling, wildlife management, access to the countryside, curlew conservation and more with Welsh Government Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn AM

| Countryside Alliance Wales

Rachel Evans Director for Wales has met with Hannah Blythyn, Minister for Environment to highlight the various campaigns and rural issues the Countryside Alliance leads on in Wales. The Alliance has a long-standing record of promoting your interests to both the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government and is at the forefront of…

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Pacific Pink Salmon

| Campaigns, Fishing, Latest News

In July 2017, Fisheries Management Scotland issued an advice note to alert District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs), Fishery Trusts, anglers and others on what to do if they encounter pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in Scottish waters. Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS) is taking the lead, in close collaboration with Marine Scotland, on coordinating the collection of…

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