2016_1_Spring_ cover cropThe Spring 2016 magazine of the Countryside Alliance is now online – download it here. Below is the Editor’s letter outlining some highlights of the new magazine.

Spring 2016 will be a busy one for all of us. Several elections are taking place, including for the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament and we have candidates from the main parties contesting seats in Wales and Scotland setting out their rural policies for you on p16. Alongside their views we bring the views of a Welsh gamekeeper (p20), a Scottish farmer and fisherman (p50) and news of the conservation efforts of one family on the West Coast Isle of Carna (p28). We also bring you a feature on the recent land reform legislation in Scotland (p22) that is sure to echo for some time to come.

Elsewhere in this diverse issue we bring you features from the European Firearms Directive (p11) and the skills involved in engraving a gun (p35) to the threats faced by our chalkstreams (p36), the perils of naming a wild animal (p9) and the range of choices faced by teenagers keen on a career in the countryside (p25).

Other positive work in progress includes Falconry for Schools (p46) bringing feathered friends to the classroom and my own recent trip to Italy to try to help Italian lady flyfishers develop an Italian version of our inspiring Casting for Recovery fly fishing programme for ladies with breast cancer.

The magazine also includes news, events, letters and a unique pigeon recipe from our Game to Eat campaign. I hope you enjoy this issue and that you vote where you can, buy British and continue to support our rural economy and way of life.

Jill Grieve, Editor

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