Saturday, 20 September 2014
20 & 21 Sept 2014 - the Midland Game Fair at Weston Park, Shropshire, TF11 8LE. http://www.midlandgamefair.co.uk/. Come and visit the Countryside Alliance stand at the show, pic up our new magazine and find out more about our campaigning work.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Liz Truss MP was appointed Secretary of State for Defra in the summer reshuffle and we immediately asked her to write a letter for our magazine, which is published below. In the letter the Secretary of State sets out her stall, writing about priorities for the Department and her determination to ensure a strong voice at Westminster for our rural communities.Read more
Friday, 5 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance political team will be busy during Party Conference season, holding events each of the conferences to encourage debate on key rural issues.We will debate what the parties must do to win the rural vote at the General Election in 2015 and will be launching our General Election Manifesto to prompt and enhance debate. At each conference we will also look at wildlife management and boast a range of high profile speakers lined up to speak at each conference, including each party's Defra team and the Secretary of State, Liz Truss MP, at the Conservatives. Click here to find out about our events, where and when they will be held and who will be on each panel. The Conferences kick off with Labour from 21-24 September in Manchester then move to UKIP at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday September 26 and Saturday September 27 (our event timings are pending). The Conservatives will hold their conference in Birmingham from 29 September until 1 October and the Liberal Democrats will hold theirs in Glasgow from 4-8 October. We look forward to welcoming politicians and delegates at each.
Monday, 21 July 2014
An epetition has been launched by the GWCT entitled "Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan - publish it". The e-petition is aimed at DEFRA and states: "There are thousands of square miles of suitable habitat, but very few breeding pairs of hen harriers in England. If the remaining chicks die, the hen harrier will effectively be extinct as a breeding species in England. Defra said it would stop extinctions like this. In August 2012 Defra asked moor owners, gamekeepers and conservation groups, including the RSPB, to work together and write a single plan to restore England’s precious hen harrier. They reviewed the evidence and scientific literature to prepare their joint plan. Since January 2014 Defra could have published the plan; but has not. For the sake of the hen harrier, Defra must resist external pressure to meddle with the plan. England’s hen harrier population is too fragile to wait any longer. You have it in your gift to save the English hen harrier and return it across our skies. Do it. Be brave and publish the hen harrier recovery plan today – the clock is ticking." Sign the e-petition today and please encourage others to do likewise.