- News Latest news //countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:06:55 +0000 SCA joins call for information on missing Golden Eagles //countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-shooting/sca-joins-call-for-information-on-missing-golden-eagles //countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-shooting/sca-joins-call-for-information-on-missing-golden-eagles Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:06:54 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Shooting Media reports surrounding the disappearance of eight of Scotland’s majestic golden eagles have raised concerns of illegal activity, although these are unconfirmed. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents shooting and conservation interests, will work with Police Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and other interested parties to stamp out any illegal persecution and is clear that finger pointing at the shooting community, based on no evidence, must be resisted. Saboteur gets community payback sentence //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/saboteur-gets-community-payback-sentence //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/saboteur-gets-community-payback-sentence Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:49:33 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Newell has been given a community service order after causing a breach of the peace at two legal fox control operations in Fife. Sheriff George Way concluded that Newell caused alarm and distress to those participating in legal fox control in North East Fife in November 2015 by following the hunting pack, behaving in an intimidating manner with his face covered with a snood or balaclava. INVITATION TO A DISCUSSION ON REWILDING //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/invitation-to-a-discussion-on-rewilding //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/invitation-to-a-discussion-on-rewilding Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:38:43 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Rewilding is a broad term with emotive connotations. While the subject of lynx reintroduction is hugely divisive, the other end of the spectrum is existing agri-environment schemes. It is likely that the long term future of our grant regime will be weighted increasingly towards ecosystem services rather than the historical basis of food production. The economic, social and biodiversity issues surrounding rewilding and related initiatives will provide plenty of grounds for lively debate. Environment Secretary sets out priorities //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/environment-secretary-sets-out-priorities //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/environment-secretary-sets-out-priorities Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:29:19 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A number of priorities to protect Scotland’s natural environment have been outlined by the Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham. Speaking in a Parliamentary debate, Ms Cunningham highlighted key actions she will take, including:   Review wildlife crime prevention Consult on a public register of controlling interests in land in early summer Establish more ambitious climate change targets Establish the Scottish Land Commission by 1 April, 2017 Campaign raises awareness of air weapons licensing scheme //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/campaign-raises-awareness-of-air-weapons-licensing-scheme- //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/campaign-raises-awareness-of-air-weapons-licensing-scheme- Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:53:14 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the new air weapons legislation that aims to improve public safety and reduce gun crime in Scotland.  Anybody who wants to use or own an air weapon will be able to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapon certificate, or a permit in some circumstances, from 1 July 2016. This gives users six months to get a certificate before new rules tightening access to air weapons, introduced in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, come into  effect from 31 December 2016. We look forward to working with Fergus Ewing MSP //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/we-look-forward-to-working-with-fergus-ewing-msp //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/we-look-forward-to-working-with-fergus-ewing-msp Mon, 23 May 2016 09:42:02 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Fergus Ewing MSP has been appointed Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity. Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: "The Scottish Government have come under significant criticism for the failure to deliver EU payments to farmers and the consequential link with an economic downturn in the rural economy. Shooting events and country sports tourism attract millions of visitors every year and profile Scotland as a sporting destination of choice around the world. Welcoming Roseanna Cunningham MSP to Environment brief //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/welcoming-roseanna-cunningham-msp-to-environment-brief //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/welcoming-roseanna-cunningham-msp-to-environment-brief Thu, 19 May 2016 16:29:15 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Roseanna Cunningham MSP has been appointed Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: The Scottish Government's decisions on the implementation of Land Reform will be pivotal to continuance of business within the land and game management sector and to the many downstream businesses who rely on them, particularly those decisions taken by Roseanna Cunningham. Shooting events and country sports tourism attract millions of visitors every year and profile Scotland as a sporting destination of choice around the world. Government must act now to improve Firearms Law //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/government-must-act-now-to-improve-firearms-law //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/government-must-act-now-to-improve-firearms-law Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:35:48 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Countryside Alliance has warned the Government not to miss an opportunity to do something positive for the shooting community. Amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill which would make some important technical changes to existing firearms legislation were debated yesterday (Tuesday 26 April) in the House of Commons. Big rural debate thrashes out array of rural issues //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/big-rural-debate-thrashes-out-array-of-rural-issues //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/big-rural-debate-thrashes-out-array-of-rural-issues Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:40:21 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Rural issues and potential solutions were brought to the fore of the Scottish election campaign at the largest National Rural Hustings for seventeen years. Scottish Rural Awards celebrate the best of rural entrepreneurship //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-rural-awards-celebrate-the-best-of-rural-entrepreneurship //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-rural-awards-celebrate-the-best-of-rural-entrepreneurship Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:18:12 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scottish Rural Awards celebrate the best of rural entrepreneurship SCA CONDEMNS RAPTOR PERSECUTION BUT LONGER TERM TRENDS WILL TELL THE TRUE STORY OF BIRD CRIME //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-condemns-raptor-persecution-but-longer-term-trends-will-tell-the-true-story-of-bird-crime //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-condemns-raptor-persecution-but-longer-term-trends-will-tell-the-true-story-of-bird-crime Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:20:31 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News SCA condemns raptor persecution but longer term trends will tell the true story of bird crime Scotland’s Land Reform Bill Passes Stage 3 //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-land-reform-bill-passes-stage-3 //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-land-reform-bill-passes-stage-3 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:36:07 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Land Reform Bill which passed its Stage 3 debate in Holyrood yesterday was feistier than the Scottish government originally proposed, but less than the Land Reform Review Group (LRRG) recommended back in 2014. Scotland’s Land Reform Bill will damage rural communities, says Countryside Alliance //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-land-reform-bill-will-damage-rural-communities-says-countryside-alliance //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-land-reform-bill-will-damage-rural-communities-says-countryside-alliance Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:31:58 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Land Reform Bill passed its Stage 3 debate in Holyrood yesterday (16 March). It includes a number of changes that the Scottish Countryside Alliance believes will be bad for rural businesses and communities.  SCA Director Scotland Jamie Stewart commented: “We are very disappointed in the passing of the bill and more so in that so many well thought through amendments were rejected out of hand.  It simply defies logic to reinstate sporting rates on a business where the direct and indirect income generates sustainable employment in some of Scotland’s most fragile communities. This effect is only compounded when competing businesses, many already supported by government subsidies continue to trade exempt from business rates.   SCA at the Party Conferences //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-at-the-party-conferences //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-at-the-party-conferences Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:17:18 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The SCA was the only organisation to host events about rural affairs at this year’s conferences and our meetings asked delegates from the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and SNP to consider “who are the real conservationists?” The conservation debate has become increasingly ideological driven and our meetings were designed to highlight the work of those who farm, fish and shoot to the preservation of the Scottish countryside Dr Aileen McLeod address to Scottish Land Owners //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/dr-aileen-mcleod-address-to-scottish-land-owners //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/dr-aileen-mcleod-address-to-scottish-land-owners Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:05:28 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Members of Scottish Land & Estates are firmly of the view that the use of land is as important – perhaps more – as who owns it. We believe in diversity of ownership and no matter who owns land, making the most of it for widespread benefit is a common goal. One thing that is certain is that we cannot make any more land. Therefore the privilege of managing, using and owning land comes with further responsibilities to wider society and that is something we at Scottish Land & Estates recognise and is highlighted in our Landowner’s Commitment.