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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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New Education and Employment Initiative welcomed by Scottish Government

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Following the successful launch of Routes to Rural Employment (R2RE) Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment stated “The Scottish Government is committed to ensure every young woman and man has the best possible chance of succeeding regardless of where they live and what their background is. We are currently considering the recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce and will work with key partners to help put in a place a world class system of vocational training. “I am very pleased to welcome R2RE and hope to see it making a difference in the coming months and years.”

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Innovative broadband project may be the answer for hard to reach Scotland

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement of the eight innovative projects – including one covering Scotland and Northern Ireland - which have been chosen by the Government to test alternative ways of boosting superfast broadband coverage in rural areas. See the list of projects here
The ground-breaking projects chosen to be tested in the £10m Department of Culture Media and Sport initiative were revealed today (19 June) and include a satellite project, from Avanti, which promises speeds of up to 30Mbps.

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Emergency Authorisation for 2014

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Emergency Authorisation (EA) has been issued by the Chemicals Regulation Department (CRD), and this confirms that asulam will be available to control bracken during the 2014 season, which will start on 1st July.

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Commonwealth Games shot Neil Stirton champions National Shooting Week

Friday, 23 May 2014

Shooting grounds across Scotland are taking part in National Shooting Week 2014. The event runs from 24-31 May and offers the public a have-a-go taste of the Commonwealth Games sports of clay pigeon and target shooting.
And we are delighted to announce that Team Scotland shooter Neil Stirton has thrown his support behind the week.
He said: “Shooting is the most incredible sport. It teaches safety, responsibility and really good values. It does a lot of good for young people, whether they are from a city background or the wildest of Scotland’s countryside. It's a wonderful life discipline.

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SCA has grave concerns about Scottish land reform recommendations

Friday, 23 May 2014

Scotland’s Land Reform Review Group, a Government study set up to look into how land is distributed, has published its findings.
Within its 62 recommendations the review group advocates a limit on the area of land that can be held by private owners and a change to the current tax system to disrupt the pattern of large scale private land ownership.

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Scottish Enterprise announces £3.5 million of new investment

Friday, 23 May 2014

Four ambitious projects are being supported through the enterprise agency’s Renewable Energy Investment Fund.

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Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill - What will it mean for you?

Thursday, 22 May 2014

How difficult would it be to obtain an airgun under the proposed licensing scheme?
The Bill, as introduced, sets out a new licensing system for airguns to be administered by the Police Service of Scotland. This would require an existing owner of an airgun, or a new applicant, to apply for a certificate under a new process. The application process will involve elements taken from the current Firearms and Shotgun certificate application processes i.e. age restrictions, character referees, good reason, home visitation etc.

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