- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:38:50 +0100 Tim Bonner: "no evidence" to justify ACPO campaign http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/tim-bonner-no-evidence-to-justify-acpo-campaign http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/tim-bonner-no-evidence-to-justify-acpo-campaign Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:38:49 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner writes: Our call to action against ACPO's unnecessary campaign to 'improve' firearms security has seen thousands of you email your MPs to ask them to pass your concerns on to the Home Secretary. Articles in the media have criticised this campaign - read Camilla Swift in the Spectator here and Shooting Times here. It is important to point out that no-one has any problems with unannounced checks on firearms licence holders based on intelligence or risk. That principle has been agreed by all shooting organisations and incorporated into the Home Office guidance. Wild Fisheries Review: Final Report and Recommendations http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/wild-fisheries-review-final-report-and-recommendations http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/wild-fisheries-review-final-report-and-recommendations Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:05:42 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Wild Fisheries Review: Final Report and Recommendations 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. 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 +0100 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 +0100 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 license 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 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 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 +0100 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. Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/find-out-what-your-hunt-is-doing-for-hunting-newcomers-week http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/find-out-what-your-hunt-is-doing-for-hunting-newcomers-week Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:07:10 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting With Autumn upon us maybe you are looking for new things to try with your horse to banish those end of summer blues, so why not give hunting a go? If you think it looks like fun and would like to try it then our Hunting Newcomers Week running from 18th - 25th October could be the perfect place for you to start. You do not need any special kit or clothes to take part and will be guided by an experienced hunt follower who will be on hand to answer any of your questions. E-campaign - ask your MP to support the Private Members' Bill on fly-grazing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/e-campaign-ask-your-mp-to-support-the-private-members-bill-on-fly-grazing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/e-campaign-ask-your-mp-to-support-the-private-members-bill-on-fly-grazing Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:08:25 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities The Countryside Alliance is working in coalition with a range of animal welfare and rural organisations trying to get the law changed on fly-grazing. A Private Members' Bill will have its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Friday 24th October, and we urge you to use the below e-campaign to write to your MP before then, asking them to support this Bill and help solve an ongoing animal welfare crisis. Fly-grazing is the illegal grazing of horses on public or private land, and an estimated 3,000 horses have been abandoned in this way across England and Wales. It brings with it misery for farmers and landowners who have to deal with the abandoned horses, and misery too for the horses who are out in all weathers with no veterinary care or feed. 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 +0100 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. The Highlands mourn the passing of one of its own. http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-highlands-mourn-the-passing-of-one-of-its-own- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-highlands-mourn-the-passing-of-one-of-its-own- Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:18:10 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Ewan Cameron Ormiston sadly passed away peacefully in Raigmore Hospital Inverness on Friday the 29th August 2014 after a short illness. A fit and active man all of his life he was still shifting ponies and going about his daily rounds only a few weeks before he died. Born in Banchor Farmhouse Newtonmore on the 7th April 1929, he claimed his prowess at shinty came about because his mother walked him through the goalposts on the Eilan shinty pitch the night before he was born. After some time in Newtonmore school he then went on to be educated at Gordonstoun, something few people would have ever realised. Superfast computer technology is to be piloted in the Highlands. http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/superfast-computer-technology-is-to-be-piloted-in-the-highlands http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/superfast-computer-technology-is-to-be-piloted-in-the-highlands Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:54:06 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The project, to create a high performance computing (HPC) network, involves Fujitsu, Highland Council and business group Energy North. A hub in the Highlands will be linked up to computer clusters in other parts of the UK and the rest of the world. Meeting the Minister http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/meeting-the-minister http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/meeting-the-minister Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:53:13 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Further to his encouraging words in relation to the Value of Shooting at the Highland Field Sports Fair, Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, took time to discuss the Scottish Countryside Alliance initiative Routes to Rural Employment with Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart.  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.