- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:30:15 +0100 Group/ syndicate membership of the Countryside Alliance http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/group-syndicate-membership-of-the-countryside-alliance http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/group-syndicate-membership-of-the-countryside-alliance Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:30:14 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Countryside Alliance Group Membership is available to any group/syndicate with seven or more members. All named members of the group are full members of the Countryside Alliance and, as such, are covered by our insurance policy as individuals both when they are shooting with the group/syndicate and anywhere else if on their own. The insurance covers £10m employers' liability and £10m public/products liability. Introducing the winner and runners-up in our Hunt Tumblers' Club competition http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/introducing-the-winner-and-runners-up-in-our-hunt-tumblers-club-competition http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/introducing-the-winner-and-runners-up-in-our-hunt-tumblers-club-competition Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:43:05 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting Having received a huge number of photos for our Tumblers' Club competition supported by Pol Roger Champagne, the entries have been vigorously studied and a decision made. Judged by a panel of hunting supporters including The Field's Ali Henson and three-day eventer Harry Meade, plus representatives from Pol Roger and the Countryside Alliance, it was a tough decision and a very closely fought competition. Thank you to everyone who entered.  Congratulations to the winning photographer, Ella Meadows, and tumbler Sam Matthews, who will each receive a tankard and a magnum of Pol Roger champagne. Ella took this photo captioned “I would bend over backwards to continue hunting” on 14th December 2014 at a joint meet between the Weston and Banwell and the Taunton Vale Harriers. General Election 2015 - we bring you a summary of main party manifestos http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/general-election-2015-we-bring-you-a-summary-of-main-party-manifestos http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/general-election-2015-we-bring-you-a-summary-of-main-party-manifestos Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:57:18 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Lobbying The main political parties have now published their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We have been through each manifesto in order to bring you each party's rural commitments according to our own campaigning priorities, as set out in our own manifesto. Click here to find out what each party plans in terms of food & farming, digital communications, wildlife management, services and communities & housing. We are running an e-lobby where you can ask your parliamentary candidates to back our manifesto - click here to take part and please feed back any responses from your candidates to election@countryside-alliance.org General Election 2015 - the main parties on Food & Farming http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/general-election-2015-the-main-parties-on-food-farming http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/general-election-2015-the-main-parties-on-food-farming Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:35:55 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Lobbying The main parties have now launched their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May.We bring you the main points from each one relating to a key part of our own manifesto - food and farming.Read our own manifesto chapter on food and farming here.  General Election 2015 - the main parties on Wildlife Management http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/general-election-2015-the-main-parties-on-wildlife-management- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/general-election-2015-the-main-parties-on-wildlife-management- Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:18:17 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Lobbying The main parties have now launched their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We bring you the main points from each one relating to a key part of our own manifesto - wildlife management. Read our own manifesto chapter on wildlife management here. Wildlife organisations call for three-year ban on an mountain hare culls http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/wildlife-organisations-call-for-three-year-ban-on-an-mountain-hare-culls http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/wildlife-organisations-call-for-three-year-ban-on-an-mountain-hare-culls Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:48:27 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Wildlife organisations call for three-year ban on an mountain hare culls Political leaders outline their rural visions http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/political-leaders-outline-their-rural-visions- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/political-leaders-outline-their-rural-visions- Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:52:55 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers Ahead of the General Election on 7th May David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Leanne Wood have written for us, outlining their thoughts on the countryside and their plans for it. Click here for the articles, and please use our candidates e-lobby facility to lobby your candidates directly, asking them to back our own manifesto. We will bring you each party's manifesto on publication and will analyse the rural commitments made. Scottish Rural Awards celebrate the countryside’s entrepreneurs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/events/scottish-rural-awards-celebrate-the-countrysides-entrepreneurs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/events/scottish-rural-awards-celebrate-the-countrysides-entrepreneurs Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:05:45 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance Events Scone Palace, Thistly Cross Cider and Highland Game Ltd were among the businesses honoured at the inaugural Scottish Rural Awards Gala Dinner. The new awards and their gala awards dinner are the first major event of a five-year partnership between Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance to celebrate the entrepreneurship of rural businesses. Air gun licensing is unnecessary and will not cut gun crime, says SCA http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/article/air-gun-licensing-is-unnecessary-and-will-not-cut-gun-crime-says-sca http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/article/air-gun-licensing-is-unnecessary-and-will-not-cut-gun-crime-says-sca Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:07:10 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance Article The Scottish Parliament’s intention to continue towards licensing air weapons, despite evidence that such a move will do little to reduce crime whilst increasing police costs, is disappointing, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA). Yesterday (23 March) the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee published its report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. It suggests that the estimated 500,000 air weapons held across Scotland should be licensed, despite a warning from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents that licensing would be unwieldy and expensive. Scottish Game Fair http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-game-fair http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-game-fair Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:26:26 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Game Fair ast Scone Palace will be held from Friday 3 July until Sunday 5 July 2015 - Come and see us by the Ringside at No. 1 Gamekeepers Row for a coffee or glass of wine and discuss the areas in your Rural Community, Business or Education where you need help or information Lobby your Parliamentary candidates now! http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/lobby-your-parliamentary-candidates-now http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/lobby-your-parliamentary-candidates-now Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:30:43 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Lobbying The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact election@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto here. Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to the Scottish Environment LINK wildlife crime report http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-the-scottish-environment-link-wildlife-crime-report http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-the-scottish-environment-link-wildlife-crime-report Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:59:07 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Jamie Stewart Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) director said: “We share the stated desire of the Scottish Environmental LINK report – to eradicate wildlife crime in Scotland in its many guises. “However it is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that this collaboration of self interest groups have failed to engage with those that are actively involved in tackling wildlife crime - the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAWS). Scottish Women’s Rural Institute members show they are Game to Eat with wild food recipes http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-womens-rural-institute-members-show-they-are-game-to-eat-with-wild-food-recipes http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-womens-rural-institute-members-show-they-are-game-to-eat-with-wild-food-recipes Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:02:03 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) and the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute (SWRI) are delighted to announce the winners of their joint Game to Eat recipe competition. The competition, contended over three stages by members of the SWRI, has been won by Helen Gibson and Margaret Dick of the Dunbartonshire SWRI Federation. Their menu comprised a trio of game birds terrine served with plum and orange sauce, green salad and pistachio oatcakes, followed by pan-fried venison with bramble sauce served with tangy mashed potato and buttered asparagus and a lemon posset with elderflower and martini jelly served with Scottish butter shortbread biscuits. The future of lead ammunition is one of the biggest issues to face shooting in the past few decades http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-future-of-lead-ammunition-is-one-of-the-biggest-issues-to-face-shooting-in-the-past-few-decades http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-future-of-lead-ammunition-is-one-of-the-biggest-issues-to-face-shooting-in-the-past-few-decades Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:57:19 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The future of lead ammunition is one of the biggest issues to face shooting in the past few decades, but one which can easily pass you by if the detail of scientific research and Westminster and EU political process turn you off. The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award goes to the family-run Peelham Farm http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-clarissa-dickson-wright-award-goes-to-the-family-run-peelham-farm http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-clarissa-dickson-wright-award-goes-to-the-family-run-peelham-farm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:04:58 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award went to the family-run Peelham Farm, a mixed organic farm in the Scottish Borders concerned with preserving rare breeds, encouraging education at all levels (from school age to butchery). L-R Lord Walton, Chris Walton, Environment Secretary Liz Truss, Denise Walton, Angus Walton, Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm who helps select the Award and is a former winner. — at House Of Lords, Houses Of Parliament.