- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:55:31 +0100 Fishing 4 Schools Champions scheme heads to Westminster http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-fishing/fishing-4-schools-champions-scheme-heads-to-westminster http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-fishing/fishing-4-schools-champions-scheme-heads-to-westminster Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:55:30 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Fishing On Monday 27th October 2014 we will be holding a reception at Parliament to honour the Champions of our Fishing 4 Schools scheme. Youngsters from over 20 schools will descend on Westminster for tea and medals, to be handed out by our Chairman, Kate Hoey MP, and the course Director, Charles Jardine.The teenagers, aged between 14-16, have all completed the short angling course and have been judged by their teachers to have gained the most from the scheme, whether in confidence, positive outlook or ability to socialise. We'll bring you photographs of the event after Monday and look forward to seeing supportive Parliamentarians at the event, including the MPs of some of the schoolchildren.  Plans to increase powers for the Scottish SPCA are flawed, says SCA http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/plans-to-increase-powers-for-the-scottish-spca-are-flawed-says-sca http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/plans-to-increase-powers-for-the-scottish-spca-are-flawed-says-sca Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:52:15 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Granting increased investigatory powers to the Scottish SPCA would create a conflict between its campaigning and prosecution roles that could damage public confidence in wildlife crimes investigations, the Crown Office and Procurators Fiscals Service (COPFS) has said. This view is shared by the Police Service of Scotland and the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA). Approval of Control of Horses Bill is a great step forward for horse welfare http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/approval-of-control-of-horses-bill-is-a-great-step-forward-for-horse-welfare http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/approval-of-control-of-horses-bill-is-a-great-step-forward-for-horse-welfare Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:36:12 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities The Countryside Alliance welcomes the passing of the Control of Horses Bill at its second reading today (24 October) in the House of Commons, hailing it a great step forward for horse welfare and landowners’ rights. The Bill, tabled by the Member of Parliament for York Outer Julian Sturdy, will now continue to Committee Stage, where it will be examined in detail by a panel of MPs. Downing Street meeting on ACPO issue - the way ahead http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/downing-street-meeting-on-acpo-issue-the-way-ahead http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/downing-street-meeting-on-acpo-issue-the-way-ahead Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:28:41 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chair of the Countryside Alliance writes: We had a helpful and constructive meeting in Downing Street this morning to discuss the ACPO Firearms initiatives and their proposed Crimestoppers campaign. It was acknowledged that there are various issues that need to be addressed and the Countryside Alliance and ACPO agreed that we would work closely together to resolve them. Chief Constable Andy Marsh and I will be meeting again in the very near future after which we will be writing to the shooting community to explain the way forward, which looks to be sensible and positive. Ten years since the Hunting Act - hunting is in good heart http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/ten-years-since-the-hunting-act-hunting-is-in-good-heart http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/ten-years-since-the-hunting-act-hunting-is-in-good-heart Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:27:52 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: On 19th November it will be 10 years since the Hunting Act was passed. It came into force six months later. For hunting, and many others in the countryside, this was the lowest moment, but despite all the fears and the dire predictions hunting still thrives. How is it that an activity that was outlawed after an epic and bitter political campaign has survived? There are many reasons, but high amongst them is the determination of a community that rejects every charge made against it, and has never been shown to be doing anything wrong. Figures show small rise in Scottish wildlife crime during 2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/figures-show-small-rise-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-during-2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/figures-show-small-rise-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-during-2013 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:34:51 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Figures published by the Scottish Government showed there were 319 wildlife crime incidents recorded in 2012-13, up from 307 the previous year. Although the report concluded that levels of wildlife crime in Scotland remained static in the last five years. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse stated: "I remain unsympathetic to those who believe that crimes against wildlife are of little consequence and can somehow be justified." Report shows a marginal increase in Scottish wildlife crime in 2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/report-shows-a-marginal-increase-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-in-2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/report-shows-a-marginal-increase-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-in-2013 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:29:38 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Figures published by the Scottish Government showed there were 319 wildlife crime incidents recorded in 2012-13, up from 307 the previous year. Although the report concluded that levels of wildlife crime in Scotland remained static in the last five years Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse stated: "I remain unsympathetic to those who believe that crimes against wildlife are of little consequence and can somehow be justified." Tim Bonner: "no evidence" to justify ACPO campaign http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/tim-bonner-no-evidence-to-justify-acpo-campaign http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/tim-bonner-no-evidence-to-justify-acpo-campaign Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:38:49 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner writes: Our call to action against ACPO's unnecessary campaign to 'improve' firearms security has seen thousands of you email your MPs to ask them to pass your concerns on to the Home Secretary. Articles in the media have criticised this campaign - read Camilla Swift in the Spectator here and Shooting Times here. It is important to point out that no-one has any problems with unannounced checks on firearms licence holders based on intelligence or risk. That principle has been agreed by all shooting organisations and incorporated into the Home Office guidance. Wild Fisheries Review: Final Report and Recommendations http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/wild-fisheries-review-final-report-and-recommendations http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/wild-fisheries-review-final-report-and-recommendations Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:05:42 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Wild Fisheries Review: Final Report and Recommendations Over the last 60 years there have been many reviews that have highlighted important issues that need to be addressed in the management of Scotland’s wild fisheries (salmon and freshwater fisheries). However, limited real change has been delivered and, as confirmed in an independent recent baseline report for the Scottish Government, the existing wild fisheries management system is not fit for purpose in the 21st century. National firearm licensing campaign launched http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/national-firearm-licensing-campaign-launched http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/national-firearm-licensing-campaign-launched Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:32:05 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News National firearm licensing campaign launchedPublished 13 October 2014A national firearm licensing campaign has been launched today (Monday 13th October). Police Scotland supports the campaign which aims to promote and educate firearm and shotgun certificate holders on the security of their weapons. Ask your MP to oppose the ACPO firearms campaign http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/ask-your-mp-to-oppose-the-acpo-firearms-campaign http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/ask-your-mp-to-oppose-the-acpo-firearms-campaign Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:31:56 +0100 Countryside Alliance Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) new campaign asking people to report signs of radicalisation, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism among firearms licence holders is unjustified and ill-judged. We have this afternoon launched an e-campaign encouraging people to write to their MP via our website asking them to challenge ACPO on their fear-mongering. If you join us in our views against this campaign that may encourage an untrusting and vindictive attitude from friends and neighbours, please click on the link below and show your support by calling on your MP to challenge ACPO’s campaign by writing to the Home Secretary on your behalf. New firearms guidance from the Home Office - our advice to certificate holders http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/new-firearms-guidance-from-the-home-office-our-advice-to-certificate-holders http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/new-firearms-guidance-from-the-home-office-our-advice-to-certificate-holders Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:42:14 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Shotgun and firearm certificate holders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their guns are always kept securely, so as to prevent possession by unauthorised persons. The Countryside Alliance fully supports this responsibility, one which is taken very seriously by the overwhelming majority of shooters. From 15th October the police will be checking that guns are being securely stored, by way of unannounced visits to certificate holders. New Guidance from the Home Office has been published as follows: National Trust Council Elections - 8 November 2014 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/national-trust-council-elections-8-november-2014 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/national-trust-council-elections-8-november-2014 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:16:58 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting The National Trust AGM will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 8 November at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon. There are 24 people standing for seven vacancies on the Trust council. National Trust members can vote for up to seven candidates. Whilst it is up to Countryside Alliance members, who are also members of the National Trust, how they use their vote, we very much hope they will read the candidates’ CVs carefully and vote for rural minded people. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance’s political team on 020 7840 9260. Scottish Countryside Alliance calls on authorities to ensure fairness in General Licence regs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-calls-on-authorities-to-ensure-fairness-in-general-licence-regs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-calls-on-authorities-to-ensure-fairness-in-general-licence-regs Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:46:20 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scottish Natural Heritage agrees an Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) with Police Scotland in relation to crimes against wild birds. Scottish Natural Heritage has announced that General Licences 1-3  “To kill or take certain birds” are now to include the following wording: “SNH reserves the right to exclude the use of this General Licence by certain persons and/or on certain areas of land where we have reason to believe that wild birds have been taken or killed by such persons and/or on such land other than in accordance with this General Licence”. Effects of Moorland Burning on the Ecohydrology of River basins http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/effects-of-moorland-burning-on-the-ecohydrology-of-river-basins http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/effects-of-moorland-burning-on-the-ecohydrology-of-river-basins Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:36:17 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scottish Countryside Alliance director of Jamie Stewart said: “We welcome this piece of research into the environmental impact of moorland burning which can be used to help inform best practice in the field.