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Countryside Alliance and Country Life seek "Britain's Best Sporting Pub"

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance has teamed up with Country Life magazine to find "Britain's Best Sporting Pub". This competition aims to celebrate traditional pubs such as coaching inns The Buccleuch Arms at Melrose, the Swan at Tarporley and Jamaica Inn at Launceston or medieval establishments including the Lord Crewe in the Durham uplands, central to shooting at Blanchland Moor. All have a long history of support for their local hunts or shoots. Support for the local community is the driving factor, a good example of which is the Cresselly Arms in West Wales (which is seasonal and supports the cricket team in the summer). We have all been to a pub after a day in the field where a warm welcome awaits and it is a well-established and comforting part of our rural heritage.

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New course allows gamekeepers to continue using rodenticides

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A new one-day course will allow gamekeepers to go on controlling rats using professional rodenticides after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deadline of 1 July 2016.
Representative bodies for shooting and gamekeeping, including the Countryside Alliance,  have combined with the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) and with BASIS Registration Ltd (BASIS), to offer a new course, Rat Control for Gamekeepers.

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Tim Bonner announced as new Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance has announced that Sir Barney White-Spunner will be stepping down as its Executive Chairman after the AGM in September. The Board has appointed Director of Campaigns, Tim Bonner, to take charge as Chief Executive when he leaves. Sir Barney has spent three and a half years at the head of Britain’s largest rural campaigning organisation.

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Kimbridge retreat is a joy despite the downpour!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, a project run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation which offers fly fishing retreats (with counselling and medical support) to ladies with breast cancer, enjoyed a return to Kimbridge-on-the-Test in Hampshire over the weekend of 24-26 July. Twelve ladies joined the team from all over the country and all enjoyed their weekend enormously, with all catching at least one rainbow trout and the torrential rain proving no barrier to enjoyment. Our thanks to the ladies themselves as well as the team at Kimbridge, the volunteer staff, fishing guides and sponsors Orvis UK - together you made the weekend memorable.

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Defra research supports current best practice in gamebird rearing

Friday, 24 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that Defra-funded research into the use of raised laying units, published today (24 July), supports the existing Defra Code for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, used by the British gamebird industry.
The research shows that the current Code of Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, as was proposed by the working group set up by Defra, is fit for purpose.

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The Law Commission announces "scoping review" of firearms legislation

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: This week the Law Commission launched what it described as a "scoping consultation" to find out what the most pressing problems are with regards to the many and varied pieces of firearms legislation in this country (read their press release here). I have before written about the Commission's unenviable task of pulling together the 30+ pieces of legislation governing firearms and attempting to streamline the law in line with both public interest and fairness to the licensed shooting community.

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New grouse recipe leaflet launched ahead of the Glorious 12th

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance's dedicated game promotion campaign, Game-to-Eat, has launched a new grouse recipe leaflet ahead of the Glorious 12th. The leaflet features grouse recipes donated by some of the country's top game chefs including Tom Kitchin, Mark Hix, our development chef Lee Maycock and new trailblazing game outfits including Eat Wild and John Doe. Try grilled spatchcock grouse, smoked grouse crostini,  grouse pate or a beer-can grouse with BBQ sauce. Get your copy now from info@gametoeat.co.uk. Copies will be available on-stand at the CLA Game Fair. 

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