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Defra release General Licence for Game Bird Releasing on European Protected Sites & The English village overwhelmed by landfill stink

13 May, 2021

Extinction Rebellion founder arrested & Scottish Water fined thousands after pleading guilty to water pollution incident

12 May, 2021

Jamie Oliver slams police response after thieves stole tractor & Abandoned foal recieving 'unconditional love' as he fights for his life

11 May, 2021

Miracle dog survives 400ft plunge as fisherman finds terrier at bottom of cliff & Taskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet theft

10 May, 2021

Elections 2021 results, Overhead power line warning as harvest approaches & Warning to drivers after horse dies as truck crashes into stationary horsebox

7 May, 2021

TODAY is polling day in England, Wales and Scotland, Miracle as dog owner catches thief red-handed walking his stolen spaniel & 'Controlled burning' needed at Marsden Moor to reduce risk of wildfires, group claims

6 May, 2021

Coalition pushes for national sky lantern ban & Farmer and Shires take on 600-mile trip to help those who helped his family

5 May, 2021

National Trust ban on controlled fires 'worsened Marsden Moor blaze', Nine dead hares left lining country road as 'message' & Body cameras could help farmers combat rural crime

4 May, 2021

Wildlife pays the price for the National Trust's ban on burning, Farmers told to up security amid 'spring surge' in GPS thefts & Large Dartmoor fire 'started deliberately'

30 April, 2021

Decision to replace 'Snowden' with 'Yr Wyddfa' delayed & Man jailed after 240 horses removed from 'appalling' conditions

29 April, 2021

Fireworks found near wildlife site & Government agrees to release parasite wasps to kill invasive pests attacking sweet chestnut trees

28 April, 2021

Robotic lawn mowers threaten hedgehogs, Sales of British beef soar across the world & Man fined after CCTV spots him dumping tarmac next to farm

27 April, 2021

Sick gangs tell owners to "pay or the dog dies" amid pet theft epidemic, Egg thief sentenced for stealing from endangered wild birds in the Peak District & 'Anarchists' incite unlawful trespass

26 April, 2021

Pensioner without computer, 91, sacked from Parish Council after 50 years for being unable to attend virtual meetings & Passer-by catches fly-tippers at Devon beauty spot and shames them

23 April, 2021

UK hospital trust to prescribe fishing to people with anxiety and depression, New home for Olympia for 2021 & Adder bite leaves working cocker spaniel swollen and bruised

22 April, 2021

Charity horsebox stolen en route to collect donkey & Future policy must protect the 'interwoven tapestry' of rural Scotland

21 April, 2021

Minute's silence held in memory of Lorna Brook  & 100ft phone masts could be built in national parks and beauty spots

20 April, 2021

Old English sheepdog is in danger of dying out in Britain, canine experts warn & Dognapped pup stolen by thugs with machetes found ditched on roadside

19 April, 2021

Countryside Alliance Manifestos launched & Terrified owners of puppy stolen by machete and axe thugs 'scared to be in own home'

16 April, 2021

'Huge' cliff fall at Dorset beach & Two men charged following high value farm thefts

15 April, 2021

Suicide prevention trust launched in memory of Aintree chairman, Rose Paterson

14 April, 2021

HRH Prince Phillip 1921-2021 - a true supporter of fieldsports and conservation & Rachael Blackmore is first female jockey to win Grand National

12 April, 2021

Point-to-point fixtures and how to watch, Blue Peter criticised over meat-free message to kids & Fears for the Otterhound, Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Skye Terrier after just 121 puppies were born last year

9 April, 2021

Arrests made after basset hounds stolen from kennel found & Farmers take part in record breaking Big Farmland Bird Count

8 April, 2021

Alliance call for Government to redouble efforts to improve connections in rural areas &  Postman's angry pheasant saga

7 April, 2021

Sam Carlisle on what it means to be a professional stalker & Dogs tried to 'take down' pony in frightening beach attack

6 April, 2021

Countryside Code relaunched with advice for those seeking rural solace, Dog thefts rocket by almost a fifth in lockdown & Shooting groups respond to NGDA statement 

1 April, 2021

Charity demands 'urgent action' as 1,500th smuggled puppy is saved & Anglers stunned as unfished trout balloon in size

31 March, 2021

Animal rescue charity's centres 'at capacity' due to lockdown puppies

30 March, 2021

Point-to-point season to resume, Police launch hunt for pig thief & Owner's warning as ponies' forelocks and tails chopped off in field

29 March, 2021

Alliance urge public to take all steps possible to prevent wildfires ahead of lockdown easing 

26 March, 2021

Changes to bovine TB policy 'must be based on science' & Crews battle 'first moorland fire of the season' on Saddleworth Moor

25 March, 2021

Rural fury as XR plans countryside protest & Disturbing footage raises fears for the mental health of Scotland's deer managers

24 March, 2021

Is it the last blast for lead shot? & Countryside Alliance searches for Rural Heroes

23 March, 2021

83 suspected stolen dogs recovered from site after police raid & Judge scolds police and CPS for 'misconceived' prosecution of hunt

22 March, 2021

Alliance Chief Exec on Farming Today & Devon huntsman not guilty of illegal foxhunting

19 March, 2021

Defra proposal to introduce closed season for hares criticised by rural groups as real issue of poaching remains unaddressed & Leader of Scottish Conservatives answers our questions

18 March, 2021

Police boss wants pet IDs, First female jockey wins Champion hurdle at Cheltenham & Farmer now selling horse milk

17 March, 2021

Nine sheep die after fly-tipper dumps toxic plants, ITV's 'I'm A Celeb' brought invasive crayfish to Wales without a licence & A Cheltenham like no other starts today

16 March, 2021

Nottinghamshire Police to appoint dog theft officer in 'country first' & Peat restoration on grouse moors helping cut carbon emissions

15 March, 2021

Medieval palace lost 800 years ago found in OAP's garden, Why keepering is a wonderfully rewarding job from beginning to end & Evidence produced by hunt saboteurs under spotlight

12 March, 2021

Anglers take Defra and EA back to court over pollution of rivers & 12 rescuers save sheep trapped on cliff edge

11 March, 2021

Pony dies after 'being fed kitchen scraps' by stranger in field & Sheep heads spark new illegal butchery concerns

10 March, 2021

Woman sentences after drowning dog tied to rock & Senedd Members pledge support for Alliance campaign to save Welsh pubs

9 March, 2021

Warning over dog theft 'secret markings' & Tesco offering a fake meat vs imported meat future would be a bleak scenario for our countryside

8 March, 2021

Number of horses dying on roads halved last year but figures remain 'very worrying' & Real life Ace Ventura pet detective hunting dog thieves after catching serial killers

5 March, 2021

Alliance #UnlockInn campaign victory on VAT, Venison donated to London food banks & 'Entire pavement stolen' from village overnight

4 March, 2021

Why we should all be game for venison & Have your say about moving equines and domestic animals across borders

3 March, 2021

Game on! The Game Fair set to go ahead on the 23rd-25th July & Popular farm attraction left 'devastated' after arson attack

2 March, 2021

Alliance welcome Chancellor's new grant funding for high street & 'Stink bug' spotted in UK for first time, spelling bad news for farmers

1 March, 2021

Fishing roadmap out of Covid lockdown announced & Clock ticking for rural landlords to meet electrical safety deadline

26 February, 2021

Fly-tipping cases rise to 1 million as enforcement action drops & Angling Direct reels in sales over lockdown 

25 February, 2021

Scottish Green amendment preventing essential pest control VOTED DOWN & Alliance urge Labour to 'turn words into action' over countryside

24 February, 2021

PM announces roadmap out of lockdown, Police respond to fears that cable ties could be 'sinister' sign of dog thieves & Horse may have eaten dumped slices of pizza before she died

23 February, 2021

Tim Bonner on why rural pubs must be protected & Police investigate after sheep butchered in field

22 February, 2021

Basset Hounds snatched from kennels, Springer Spaniel receieves 'animal OBE' & Dorset Farmer hits out at poachers 

19 February, 2021

Cancer-detecting dogs could inspire 'robotic noses' to sniff out disease & Scientist says beaches did not cause any COVID-19 outbreaks

18 February, 2021

Demand for designer pets prompts rise in illegal imports as cases soar & will finest truffles soon flourish in British forests?

17 February, 2021

Dartmoor Ponies hit by deadly horse disease outbreak & Big Farmland Bird Count extended

16 February, 2021

Police issue alert over 'new RSPCA ploy' by heartless pet snatchers & #UnlockInn campaign launched in bid to protect precious pubs

15 February, 2021

Dam of foal who died after sandwiches found in her field lost to colic & UK landfill tax seems to have incentivised fly-tipping says watchdog

12 February, 2021

Trembling dog shaved, dumped and left to die in Midlothian hedge

11 February, 2021

Gamekeepers record 'alarming increase' in abuse and threats & Mare filmed jumping over car door shows dangerous consequences of feeding horses

10 February, 2021

Sick dognapper tries to steal guide dog from blind owner & Big Farmland Bird Count back for 2021

9 February, 2021

Mountain rescuer seriously injured trying to help lockdown breaker & livestock rustlers steal 63 pregnant ewes from Cheshire farm

8 February, 2021

Speeding driver kills horse and flings teenage rider into the air & British front gardens bloom again

5 February, 2021

Bolsover trail hunting ban proposal stalls & animal rights extremeists target election candidate with vile threats

4 February, 2021

Newcastle Uni SU praised for move to source local produce & Patagonia clothing petition passes 2000 signatures

3 February, 2021

Huge County Lines drug ring smashed with 72 members jailed for 221+ years & Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about summer holiday prospects

2 February, 2021

Rural communities 'under siege' by criminal hare-poaching gangs & outdoor clothing company, Patagonia, admit giving money to and promoting anti-gamekeeper group

1 February, 2021

RSPCA set to abandon bringing private prosecutions & Wild Justice ordered to pay NRW's legal costs

29 January, 2021

Royal Welsh Show joins list of coronavirus cancelled events & animal rights activist accused of risking a puppy's life for 'Instagram fame'

28 January, 2021

More than 70 stolen dogs worth £40,000 are rescued by police in Wales & Livestock worth £2.3 million stolen from UK farms in 2020

27 January, 2021

Despicable cowardice of the dog snatchers & record-breaking number of horses rehomed during pandemic

26 January, 2021

Wild Justice's failures mount & Britain's glorious country pubs on the brink

25 January, 2021

Coronavirus 'difficult' decisions taken by 2021 county shows

22 January, 2021

Four horses killed in separate road collisions in six weeks

21 January, 2021

Pony fed raw potato by walkers suffocates within minutes & puppies stolen during Wellingborough armed raid

20 January, 2021

High Court rules NRW's General Licences are lawful & Chris Packham accused of spreading misinformation on social media

19 January, 2021

'Would the RSPCA have changed without the Alliance?' & Councils raked in £7.3 million from rubbish-tip 'tax' last year

18 Janurary, 2021

Pony found bludgeoned to death in sickening attack & student attacked by thieves during horrific dog theft

15 January, 2021

Quad bike theft lockdown warning & Natural England investigated for putting up 'environmentally disastrous' fish barriers

14 January, 2021

Brewery boss backs using vacant pubs for vaccination centres & concerns countryside risks being 'left behind' post-COVID

13 January, 2021

Wild deer set to wreak havoc in UK woodlands & BBC countryside programme coverage criticised

12 January, 2021

Rural pubs give backing to vaccine rollout on unused premises & Police investigating after 'rentamob' animal rights group posted hunt's personal database online

11 January, 2021

NEW guidance issued for shooting and fishing & two arrested as police find four sheep stuffed inside car

8 January, 2021

Gang who stole lead from rural churches jailed & latest pub survey now live

7 January, 2021

New guidance for fishing, hunting and shooting in England & fly-tipper caught red handed

6 January, 2021

PM announces national lockdown in England, Scotland moves to temporary lockdown & meat and dairy ad campaign goes live

5 January, 2021

Rewilding 'box-ticking' schemes will kill off rare breeds, farmers claim & elected representatives urged to 'listen to rural Britain'

4 January, 2021

Bumper Christmas edition & public trust in farmers up since COVID-19

18 December, 2020

New £1.5m meat campaign launched & infamous animal rights activist convicted

17 December, 2020

Horse killed after crash with 4X4 in Wantage & 'Bonkers' motion to ban trail hunting in Cherwell District heavily defeated

16 December, 2020

Rural areas to be 'delinked' from COVID-19 hotspots reports Telegraph 

15 December, 2020

RSPB and the Packham tendency & Cheshire West and Chester Council trail hunting motion slammed as 'grandstanding' and 'pointless'

14 December, 2020

More horses die in Devon from car collisions than rest of UK

11 December, 2020

Brazen fly-tippers dump seven caravans in countryside ditch

10 December, 2020

Anglers challenge tier 3 coronavirus restrictions

9 December, 2020

First person receives Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the UK

8 December, 2020

Thousands of pet lovers 'panic bought' a puppy during pandemic, charity warns

7 December, 2020

Hare courser holds gun to farmer's head

4 December, 2020

DEFRA unveils plan to ban live exports

3 December, 2020

New anglers to benefit from fishing fund

2 December, 2020

Wild Justice 'would not have been successful', Judge says

1 December, 2020

Biggest overhaul of farming in 50 years and licences for Scottish grouse moors

30 November, 2020

Grouse shooting licensing in Scotland and new tiers introduced 

27 November, 2020

Drone deliveries to rural areas on UK government's radar

26 November, 2020

Advice on the tiered system that will replace the national lockdown in England

25 November, 2020

Farmers donate 1.2 tonnes of lamb for school campaign

24 November, 2020

New bird flu outbreak in Leicestershire

23 November, 2020

Moorland burning debate round-up

20 November, 2020

Police urge farmers to boost Land Rover security after thefts

19 November, 2020

Council criticised for outlawing pest control and Oxford students vote to ban red meat

18 November, 2020

BBC urged to act after Chris Packham 'breaks new anti-bias rules'

17 November, 2020

Justice for wild bird control and smuggled beagles rescued from van

16 November, 2020

Growth in beef revenue and yet another harmful fireworks incident

13 November, 2020

Sick foal found in owner's living room highlights issues of buying and selling unseen

12 November, 2020

"Campaign against grouse shooting is often little more than class war", argues MSP

11 November, 2020

Horse to lose eye after fireworks incident

10 November, 2020

Government raises wild bird avian influenza risk to 'high'

9 November, 2020

Our COVID-19 Hub has been updated

6 November, 2020

Mental health in the countryside

5 November, 2020

Updates on shooting & the continued battle against sky lanterns

4 November, 2020

Updates on hunting & angling, bird flu outbreak confirmed at Cheshire farm

3 November, 2020

Wasteful Wild Justice

2 November 2020


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