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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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Dr Aileen McLeod address to Scottish Land Owners

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Members of Scottish Land & Estates are firmly of the view that the use of land is as important – perhaps more – as who owns it. We believe in diversity of ownership and no matter who owns land, making the most of it for widespread benefit is a common goal. One thing that is certain is that we cannot make any more land.
Therefore the privilege of managing, using and owning land comes with further responsibilities to wider society and that is something we at Scottish Land & Estates recognise and is highlighted in our Landowner’s Commitment.

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Scottish Minister unveils new proposals on wildlife crime

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Environment minister Aileen McLeod has announced that the Scottish Government have accepted recommendations from the wildlife crime penalties review group to introduce the new maximum penalties.

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Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation

Thursday, 11 February 2016

This consultation is designed to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the approach currently being taken as we continue to develop the legislative provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.

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Proposal to permit tail docking of working spaniels and hunt point retrievers

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Scottish Government today (10/02/2016) launched a consltation on the permitted tail docking of working Spaniels and Hunt Point Retrievers.

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Countryside organisations launch website to lobby MEPS on firearms proposals

Monday, 8 February 2016

FACE UK is calling on all those who shoot to contact their MEPs over concerns that a number of proposals to amend the Firearms Directive would do nothing to tackle terrorism and illegal weapons, but would harm legitimate shooting in the UK.

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Scottish Moorland Group blasts ‘deeply flawed’ report on Hen Harriers

Monday, 8 February 2016

The Scottish Moorland Group today denounced a report by a raptor study group claiming that sporting estates had virtually exterminated hen harriers in the North-East of Scotland.

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Political posturing over toughening Scotland’s foxhunting laws

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Nicola Sturgeon 'posturing' over Scottish foxhunting review
Nicola Sturgeon is indulging in “political posturing” over toughening Scotland’s foxhunting laws after police confirmed there is “no evidence” that the existing legislation is being flouted, an angry country group has said.

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