- News Latest news //countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:35:49 +0000 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. Scottish Minister unveils new proposals on wildlife crime //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-minister-unveils-new-proposals-on-wildlife-crime //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-minister-unveils-new-proposals-on-wildlife-crime Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:31:20 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Environment minister Aileen McLeod has announced that the Scottish Government have accepted recommendations from the wildlife crime penalties review group to introduce the new maximum penalties. Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy: a consultation //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/draft-wild-fisheries-strategy-a-consultation //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/draft-wild-fisheries-strategy-a-consultation Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:07:13 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News This consultation is designed to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the approach currently being taken as we continue to develop the legislative provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill. Proposal to permit tail docking of working spaniels and hunt point retrievers //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/proposal-to-permit-tail-docking-of-working-spaniels-and-hunt-point-retrievers- //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/proposal-to-permit-tail-docking-of-working-spaniels-and-hunt-point-retrievers- Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:36:36 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Government today (10/02/2016) launched a consltation on the permitted tail docking of working Spaniels and Hunt Point Retrievers. Countryside organisations launch website to lobby MEPS on firearms proposals //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-organisations-launch-website-to-lobby-meps-on-firearms-proposals //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-organisations-launch-website-to-lobby-meps-on-firearms-proposals Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:43:08 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News FACE UK is calling on all those who shoot to contact their MEPs over concerns that a number of proposals to amend the Firearms Directive would do nothing to tackle terrorism and illegal weapons, but would harm legitimate shooting in the UK. Scottish Moorland Group blasts ‘deeply flawed’ report on Hen Harriers //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-moorland-group-blasts-deeply-flawed-report-on-hen-harriers //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-moorland-group-blasts-deeply-flawed-report-on-hen-harriers Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:02:47 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News   The Scottish Moorland Group today denounced a report by a raptor study group claiming that sporting estates had virtually exterminated hen harriers in the North-East of Scotland. Scottish Parliament urged to Oppose Flawed Sporting Rates Plans //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-parliament-urged-to-oppose-flawed-sporting-rates-plans //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-parliament-urged-to-oppose-flawed-sporting-rates-plans Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:31:49 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scottish Countryside Alliance welcome amendments to the Land Reform (Scotland() bill in the name of Alex Fergusson MSP and Mike Russell MSP seeking to remove the reintroduction of sporting rates.   Political posturing over toughening Scotland’s foxhunting laws //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/political-posturing-over-toughening-scotlands-foxhunting-laws- //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/political-posturing-over-toughening-scotlands-foxhunting-laws- Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:05:53 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Nicola Sturgeon 'posturing' over Scottish foxhunting review Nicola Sturgeon is indulging in “political posturing” over toughening Scotland’s foxhunting laws after police confirmed there is “no evidence” that the existing legislation is being flouted, an angry country group has said.