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Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.

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SNH-GWCT-SL&E position on large-scale culls of mountain hares to reduce louping ill

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

SNH-GWCT-SL&E position on large-scale culls of mountain hares to reduce louping illThe mountain hare is the only native species of hare or rabbit in Britain. In Scotland, heather moorland actively managed for red grouse, provides very good habitat for this species.

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Fuel tax rebates for 13 areas ‘a big relief for Scotland's rural drivers’ says Alliance

Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Scottish Countryside Alliance is delighted that petrol prices could become more affordable in 13 of Scotland’s most rural communities.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced today (15 January) that the European Parliament has approved plans for a fuel tax rebate at filling stations in 17 areas across the UK, including 11 in the Highlands and two in Argyll and Bute.

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George Mutch who killed a rare bird of prey and injured others jailed

Monday, 12 January 2015

Mr Mutch, of Kildrummy, who denied recklessly killing or injuring a goshawk and illegally taking away another goshawk and a buzzard in 2012, was found guilty of four charges at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in December 2014. On delivering the sentence today (12/01/2015) Sheriff Noel McPartlin said the persecution of wild birds was a "huge problem".  "Having regard to the gravity of the offence, I am of the view that there is no other method of dealing with you which is appropriate to this case other than the imposition of a custodial sentence." Mr Mutch was been jailed for four months.

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Rural Payments and Services

Monday, 12 January 2015

Producers invited to register for new online system.
Farmers and crofters across Scotland are being invited to register for a new online system for rural funding called Rural Payments and Services.
The new system, which has replaced Rural Payments Online, launched this week and will deliver nearly £4 billion of support to Scotland’s farming, food and rural sectors over the next five years alone.

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Radical' Scottish land reform announced

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Scottish Countryside Alliance is disappointed that newly appointed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen her first key note presentation to introduce series of radical reforms that could see the scrapping of deer stalking and sporting tax exemptions. Ms Sturgeon said the ending rates exemptions for shooting and deerstalking estates, "put in place by the Tories in 1994 to protect the interests of major landowners", would pay for an increase in the fund which supports community land ownership from £3m to £10m a year.

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Threats on the further licensing of Game shooting

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A MOTION to tackle raptor persecution by regulating the shooting industry was passed at the annual SNP conference. SNP councillor Jennifer Dunn brought forward a motion, saying that if the persecution of birds of prey could not be stopped voluntarily, the Scottish government must act by licensing the shooting industry.

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Views Sought on Scotland's Wild Fisheries Review

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Over the last 60 years there have been many reviews that have highlighted important issues that need to be addressed in the management of Scotland’s wild fisheries (salmon and freshwater fisheries). However, limited real change has been delivered and, as confirmed in an independent recent baseline report for the Scottish Government, the existing wild fisheries management system is not fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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