- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:32:30 +0000 50% off Christmas cards and calendars in our online sale http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/50-off-christmas-cards-and-calendars-in-our-online-sale http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/50-off-christmas-cards-and-calendars-in-our-online-sale Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:32:29 +0000 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers We are delighted to announce the launch of our annual 50% off Winter Sale. All remaining cards and calendars have had 50% knocked off while stocks last. There is also free P&P this year, so no matter how full you stuff your saddlebags, you won't pay a penny in postage. Click here to shop. Jim Barrington: is the concept of managing wildlife acceptable? http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/jim-barrington-is-the-concept-of-managing-wildlife-acceptable http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/jim-barrington-is-the-concept-of-managing-wildlife-acceptable Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:15:12 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting Hunting with hounds has dominated news stories about animal welfare for decades, yet a more fundamental question about our wildlife is rarely asked. Consequently, this debate misses a crucial stage – one that requires an answer before we can move on to discuss hunting or indeed any of the other methods of control. In this instance it is a query aimed more at those opposed to hunting rather than those in favour of it. The question is this: Is the concept of managing wildlife acceptable? Welsh tourism survey – from branding to broadband - please take part http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/welsh-tourism-survey-from-branding-to-broadband-please-take-part http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/welsh-tourism-survey-from-branding-to-broadband-please-take-part Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:19:45 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Lobbying The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee has completed and presented its inquiry in to Tourism in Wales and has seen all 28 of its recommendations accepted by the Deputy Minister For Culture Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates. The Countryside Alliance was part of the evidence-collecting process and the importance of shooting and angling to the tourism economy in Wales was represented solely by the Countryside Alliance. To supplement the inquiry, Suzy Davies, AM for South West Wales (Shadow Minister for Welsh Language, Culture and Tourism for the Welsh Conservatives), has now launched an online survey. Supporters can take part to make the voice of rural enterprise heard. The survey can be found here  One vexatious Hunting Act prosecution is one too many http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/one-vexatious-hunting-act-prosecution-is-one-too-many http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/one-vexatious-hunting-act-prosecution-is-one-too-many Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:59:52 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The sordid details of the case against Paul Whitehead and Ted Potter of the Lunesdale Hunt, which was thrown out on the first day of trial on Wednesday, serve to remind us exactly what a mess the Hunting Act is in. The long hours of League Against Cruel Sports 'covert surveillance' carried out by a strange mixture of hunt sabs and ex policemen. Police interviews with the defendants where the video did not work and no meaningful allegation was put to them. An extraordinary decision by the CPS to bring a prosecution, presumably under intense and improper pressure from LACS. The key LACS witness statement, which 'identified' the huntsman solely on the basis that he was 'close to the hounds', and at one point claimed a rock rolling down the mountain was a fox. Contribute to our #betterbroadband map http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/contribute-to-our-betterbroadband-map http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/contribute-to-our-betterbroadband-map Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:55:09 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Mobile and Broadband The Countryside Alliance has launched its #betterbroadband map and urges supporters to take part. We all want #betterbroadband whether we are based in the city or the countryside, so help us improve connectivity by tweeting your broadband download speed, which you can get here, along with your postcode and supplier to our #betterbroadband map. You can add your broadband speed to the map in a number of ways, the easiest of which is to tweet your download speed, postcode and supplier using #betterbroadband letting your followers know you have posted on the Countryside Alliance #betterbroadband map. Please remember to put a # before your postcode. Fuel tax rebates for 13 areas ‘a big relief for Scotland's rural drivers’ says Alliance http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-rural-life/fuel-tax-rebates-for-13-areas-a-big-relief-for-scotlands-rural-drivers-says-alliance http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-rural-life/fuel-tax-rebates-for-13-areas-a-big-relief-for-scotlands-rural-drivers-says-alliance Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:24:45 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Rural Life The Scottish Countryside Alliance is delighted that petrol prices could become more affordable in 13 of Scotland’s most rural communities. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced today (15 January) that the European Parliament has approved plans for a fuel tax rebate at filling stations in 17 areas across the UK, including 11 in the Highlands and two in Argyll and Bute. George Mutch who killed a rare bird of prey and injured others jailed http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/george-mutch-who-killed-a-rare-bird-of-prey-and-injured-others-jailed- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/george-mutch-who-killed-a-rare-bird-of-prey-and-injured-others-jailed- Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:21:59 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Mr Mutch, of Kildrummy, who denied recklessly killing or injuring a goshawk and illegally taking away another goshawk and a buzzard in 2012, was found guilty of four charges at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in December 2014. On delivering the sentence today (12/01/2015) Sheriff Noel McPartlin said the persecution of wild birds was a "huge problem".  "Having regard to the gravity of the offence, I am of the view that there is no other method of dealing with you which is appropriate to this case other than the imposition of a custodial sentence." Mr Mutch was been jailed for four months. Rural Payments and Services http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/rural-payments-and-services http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/rural-payments-and-services Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:29:14 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Producers invited to register for new online system. Farmers and crofters across Scotland are being invited to register for a new online system for rural funding called Rural Payments and Services. The new system, which has replaced Rural Payments Online, launched this week and will deliver nearly £4 billion of support to Scotland’s farming, food and rural sectors over the next five years alone. Buy your "Still here, still hunting"badge http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/buy-your-still-here-still-huntingbadge http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/buy-your-still-here-still-huntingbadge Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:05:30 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting We have launched a new bespoke metal badge to mark ten years since the enforcement of the Hunting Act  This badge is a celebration of hunting and signifies the strength of this great tradition that will hopefully continue to thrive for many more years to come. The tenth anniversary of enforcement is 18th February so please buy one and wear it with pride on the day. Radical' Scottish land reform announced http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/radical-scottish-land-reform-announced http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/radical-scottish-land-reform-announced Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:55:27 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance is disappointed that newly appointed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen her first key note presentation to introduce series of radical reforms that could see the scrapping of deer stalking and sporting tax exemptions. Ms Sturgeon said the ending rates exemptions for shooting and deerstalking estates, "put in place by the Tories in 1994 to protect the interests of major landowners", would pay for an increase in the fund which supports community land ownership from £3m to £10m a year. Threats on the further licensing of Game shooting http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/threats-on-the-further-licensing-of-game-shooting http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/threats-on-the-further-licensing-of-game-shooting Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:00:21 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A MOTION to tackle raptor persecution by regulating the shooting industry was passed at the annual SNP conference. SNP councillor Jennifer Dunn brought forward a motion, saying that if the persecution of birds of prey could not be stopped voluntarily, the Scottish government must act by licensing the shooting industry. The Champions of Champions scheme in the media http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/the-champions-of-champions-scheme-in-the-media http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/the-champions-of-champions-scheme-in-the-media Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:13:06 +0000 Countryside Alliance Awards CA Awards News Wiltshire Gazette & Herald: Nettleton Post Office sends plea for votes Craven Herald & Pioneer: Broughton Hall in running for 'champion of champions' award Harrogate Advertiser: Pateley butchers in the running for top award Farming Life: Back Nolans of Kilcullen as they aim to be Champion of Champions! South Wales Guardian: Cwmcerrig in running for Welsh Champion of Champions prize Surrey Mirror: The Jolly Farmers needs your vote to scoop top award in "rural oscars" Sheffield Telegraph: Clegg backs ‘Oscar’ for dairy Blackmore Vale Magazine: Ludwell and Chalke Valley stores to compete in Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars Champion of Champions Welsh Country: Andrew J Rees & Son nominated for The Countryside Alliance Champion of Champions Award Western Daily Press: Best village shop? West stores feature in Rural Oscars Harrogate News: Andrew Jones MP backs local business in ‘Rural Oscars’ Northumberland Gazette: Long-running village shop needs support  Tewkesbury Admag: Villages compete to be top of the shops Redditch & Alcester Advertiser: Vote for Feckenham Village Shop to be crowned Champion of Champions at Rural Oscars Newcastle Journal: Longframlington shop hoping to be crowned 'champion of champions' Karen Lumley MP: Vote For Feckenham Village Shop at Rural Oscars      Views Sought on Scotland's Wild Fisheries Review http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/views-sought-on-scotlands-wild-fisheries-review- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/views-sought-on-scotlands-wild-fisheries-review- Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:30:58 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News 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. 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 +0000 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). 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 +0000 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."