- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:41:22 +0100 Campaign: write to M&S about grouse http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/campaign-write-to-ms-about-grouse http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/campaign-write-to-ms-about-grouse Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:41:21 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting We are asking everyone who cares about shooting to write to the Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer (M&S), Marc Bolland, because, barely three weeks before the Glorious Twelfth, it has abandoned plans to expand the number of stores in which it was to have sold grouse.  Instead it will not be selling grouse at all in 2014. M&S says it is doing this because it cannot agree “environmental and biodiversity standards” with “key stakeholders”. This came as a surprise as M&S had not been discussing such standards with its suppliers or shooting organisations. What it actually means is that the RSPB, which is actively campaigning against driven grouse shooting, has complained about grouse sales and M&S has rolled over. Read on to write to M&S via our automated system. National Rural Crime Network receives Home Office funding http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/national-rural-crime-network-receives-home-office-funding http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/national-rural-crime-network-receives-home-office-funding Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:19:56 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities The Home Office has awarded almost £40,000 to the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) which will look at innovative ways to reduce crime in rural areas, provide information and support for rural communities and share best practice. The concept of a rural crime network was developed by the Rural Services Network (RSN), working alongside most of those Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) serving rural communities. Saboteur charged with assault and harassment of hunt employee http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/saboteur-charged-with-assault-and-harassment-of-hunt-employee http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/saboteur-charged-with-assault-and-harassment-of-hunt-employee Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:03:52 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting An anti-fox hunting activist, who targets the Flint and Denbigh hunt has been charged with aggravated trespass, assault and harassment of a hunt employee. She has also been given a restraining order, forbidding her from contacting the man. The charges relate to an incident on 28 January and footage that Rhyl-based Judi Hewitt took and posted onto YouTube of the hunt’s countryman Rob Smith using a terrier to flush a fox from underground to a waiting gun, in accordance with the Hunting Act. She can be heard screaming and trying to stop Mr Smith from doing his job. She is also alleged to have made threats against Mr Smith on social media. Gamekeeper honoured with national award http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/gamekeeper-honoured-with-national-award http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/gamekeeper-honoured-with-national-award Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:34:45 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A PEEBLESSHIRE gamekeeper has been hailed a rural hero by the TV gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh. Alex Hogg, 56, head keeper on Portmore Estate in Eddleston, has won the National Gamekeepers Organisation’s Bellamy Award. Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thirty-new-marine-protected-areas-declared-in-scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thirty-new-marine-protected-areas-declared-in-scotland Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:28:04 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-areas-declared-scotland.html#jCp RSPCA reported to be dropping hunt prosecution policy http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/rspca-reported-to-be-dropping-hunt-prosecution-policy http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/rspca-reported-to-be-dropping-hunt-prosecution-policy Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:40:35 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting On Sunday 27th July 2014 the Sunday Times front page carried a story headlined 'RSPCA to stop chasing hunts after backlash.' This story arose from the soon-to-be-published Wooler review into the Society's prosecutions policy which was launched last year and to which the Countryside Alliance contributed. The article quoted Alliance head of campaigns Tim Bonner who has long said, and told the review head Stephen Wooler, that the RSPCA cannot be a political campaigner yet maintain objectivity in prosecutions. Read the article on the Sunday Times website (which has a paywall) here. The Telegraph subsequently picked up on the story and quoted the RSPCA as saying the change would probably brought in "within months". Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life, then wrote about the issue in the Telegraph, saying that "years of hounding the innocent" are over. Congratulations, Commonwealth shooters! http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/congratulations-commonwealth-shooters http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/congratulations-commonwealth-shooters Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:04:27 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Congratulations to the home nations medallists in shooting, including record-breaking Mick Gault on his 18th Commonwealth medal for England, a bronze in 10m air pistol, while it was double trap gold for Charlotte Kerwood and Steve Scott, also shooting for England. Matthew French took silver and Rachel Parish bronze in the same event. Drew Christie won Scotland's first medal as he picked up a silver in the men's skeet with England's Rory Warlow taking bronze in the same event. Newport shooter Elena Allen claimed silver in the women’s skeet for Wales. Further medals have been won, see below. These are great times for shooting sports in the UK! Barney explains why we must act on hen harriers http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/barney-explains-why-we-must-act-on-hen-harriers http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/barney-explains-why-we-must-act-on-hen-harriers Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:37 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: There are hundreds of thousands of hen harriers in the world. Hundreds of pairs breed in Scotland, dozens in Wales, but very few in England. There is nothing new about the lack of breeding hen harriers in England, they have been very rare for a hundred years or more. Nor is there any doubt about the original reason for their absence as they have never been popular either with gamekeepers or poultry farmers and, as a ground nesting species, are particularly vulnerable to persecution and predation. Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:21:49 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Shooting is worth £2 billion a year to the UK economy and provides significant conservation benefits according to the results of independent research released today by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance. New £48.5 million school campus for Wick http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-485-million-school-campus-for-wick http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-485-million-school-campus-for-wick Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:38:20 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Construction starts on new school. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon broke the ground on the new £48.5 million Wick Community Campus. Scottish Government adds £2.5m to Community Broadband Scotland scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-government-adds-25m-to-community-broadband-scotland-scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-government-adds-25m-to-community-broadband-scotland-scheme Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:28:17 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Government has added a further £2.5 million in funding support to help deliver broadband to the remotest areas of Scotland. National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/national-rural-crime-network-nrcn http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/national-rural-crime-network-nrcn Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:07:54 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) has now been formally set up and has the support of 28 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). It is being chaired by the PCC from North Yorkshire, Julie Mulligan, and the Vice-Chair is Tim Passmore, PCC for Suffolk. The constitution allows six PCCs on the executive committee and four non PCC representatives. The Countryside Alliance is sitting on the Executive Committee as one of the four non PCC representatives. Over the summer we will be compiling a list of rural crime priorities which will shape the work programme of the Network. Fly-grazing, heritage crime and general anti-social behaviour are on that list and we would welcome your suggestions too. Please email policy@countryside-alliance.org raising any issues you feel the National Rural Crime Network should be prioritising. New Education and Employment Initiative welcomed by Scottish Government http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-education-and-employment-initiative-welcomed-by-scottish-government http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-education-and-employment-initiative-welcomed-by-scottish-government Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:25:08 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Following the successful launch of Routes to Rural Employment (R2RE) Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment stated “The Scottish Government is committed to ensure every young woman and man has the best possible chance of succeeding regardless of where they live and what their background is. We are currently considering the recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce and will work with key partners to help put in a place a world class system of vocational training. “I am very pleased to welcome R2RE and hope to see it making a difference in the coming months and years.” Innovative broadband project may be the answer for hard to reach Scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-rural-life/innovative-broadband-project-may-be-the-answer-for-hard-to-reach-scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-rural-life/innovative-broadband-project-may-be-the-answer-for-hard-to-reach-scotland Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:44:48 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Rural Life The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement of the eight innovative projects – including one covering Scotland and Northern Ireland - which have been chosen by the Government to test alternative ways of boosting superfast broadband coverage in rural areas. See the list of projects here The ground-breaking projects chosen to be tested in the £10m Department of Culture Media and Sport initiative were revealed today (19 June) and include a satellite project, from Avanti, which promises speeds of up to 30Mbps. Emergency Authorisation for 2014 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/emergency-authorisation-for-2014 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/emergency-authorisation-for-2014 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:45:55 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Emergency Authorisation (EA) has been issued by the Chemicals Regulation Department (CRD), and this confirms that asulam will be available to control bracken during the 2014 season, which will start on 1st July.