2014_Spring_cover_200hiThe Countryside Alliance’s Spring 2014 magazine is now online. Here is the Editor’s letter for the issue: The results of last year’s Reader Survey were very clear: more conservation please, more shooting and more dogs of all sorts. Same amount of hunting. All of these requests are easy for us to oblige. This issue you will find us celebrating red squirrel conservation as well as meeting the Purdey Game and Conservation Award winners, whose efforts are exceptional. 

Countryside Alliance staff member Geri Buckley writes about her love of competitive shooting and her hopes for the year on the British Shooting team (p50) – good luck to Geri, an exceptional young Ambassador for sport shooting. Gundog training (p30), shooting, beating, game cooking with an award winning youngster (p43), gamekeeping photographer Adam Tatlow (p35) and the history of the British Deer Society (p12) are also on offer.

Our animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes for us on the inconsistencies and hypocrisy of the animal rights position on hunting. As ever, Jim offers a calm and well-reasoned antidote to the hysteria of hunting’s opponents. Our lawyer Jamie Foster is similarly sure-footed as he looks at the review of the RSPCA’s prosecutions policy (p33). Our cover story, a day with the Trinity Foot and South Herts Beagles (page 23) will raise a smile, as will an account of hunting in the USA (page 28).

With Boxing Day and end-of-shooting season galleries, events and letters, I hope this issue responds to your needs.

Jill Grieve
Editor, Countryside Alliance magazine

Download the magazine here.