- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:27:28 +0000 Countryside Alliance calls on the Government to address fly-tipping blight http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/countryside-alliance-calls-on-the-government-to-address-fly-tipping-blight http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/countryside-alliance-calls-on-the-government-to-address-fly-tipping-blight Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:27:27 +0000 Countryside Alliance Communities The Countryside Alliance welcomes the annual release of fly-tipping figures from Defra today (30 October) which enables us to see the true picture of this problem. With a 20% increase of fly-tipping on public land last year, and a cost to the public purse that has increased by 24% to £45.2m, it is clearly time to put a stop to this crime. Rural Oscars celebrate 10 years with Champion of Champions scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/rural-oscars-celebrate-10-years-with-champion-of-champions-scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/rural-oscars-celebrate-10-years-with-champion-of-champions-scheme Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:27:57 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Food & Farming The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the “Rural Oscars,” are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Every UK Champion of the last ten years is being invited back to re-compete for Champion of Champions titles across four categories. The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars,’ were created out of a need to support and promote rural communities and have become the rural award to win. The Champion of Champions scheme is a way of thanking all Champions for their contribution to rural life and for helping to make the Awards a success. A similar scheme is running in Wales to honour ten years of the awards at the Senedd. Champions from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will compete for public votes across four categories: Local Food; Village Shop/ Post Office; Traditional and Enterprise. The vote is open online from 1st-30th November at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk. Fishing 4 Schools welcomes its 2014 champions to the House of Commons http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-fishing/fishing-4-schools-welcomes-its-2014-champions-to-the-house-of-commons http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-fishing/fishing-4-schools-welcomes-its-2014-champions-to-the-house-of-commons Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:09:05 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Fishing Twenty-eight keen young fishing fans from around the country were celebrated yesterday (27 October 2014) at the Fishing 4 Schools project’s Champions Awards at the House of Commons. Fishing 4 Schools is an educational campaign run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation, the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides short angling courses at schools across the country, aimed at 14 to18-year-olds who might not respond to traditional classroom-based learning but flourish when you get them outside onto the water. 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). 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 +0000 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. 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." 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 +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." 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 +0000 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 +0000 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 +0000 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 +0000 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 +0000 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 +0000 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. Rural Scots still face unfair prices despite delivery code http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/rural-scots-still-face-unfair-prices-despite-delivery-code http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/rural-scots-still-face-unfair-prices-despite-delivery-code Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:44:55 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance calls for action as consumer campaigners warn a voluntary pricing code on deliveries is inadequate after it emerged one company was imposing a near-100 per cent surcharge for sending parcels to nearly half of Scotland.