- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:06:31 +0100 Kate Hoey MP to step down as Alliance Chairman http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/kate-hoey-mp-to-step-down-as-alliance-chairman http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/kate-hoey-mp-to-step-down-as-alliance-chairman Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:06:30 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers Our Chairman, Kate Hoey MP, sadly informed the Board meeting on Tuesday that she would be standing down after the party conferences. She said: "I am sad to be resigning after more than 9 years as Chairman of the Countryside Alliance. Defra Secretary writes exclusively for the Countryside Alliance magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/defra-secretary-writes-exclusively-for-the-countryside-alliance-magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/defra-secretary-writes-exclusively-for-the-countryside-alliance-magazine Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:29:37 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Food & Farming Liz Truss MP was appointed Secretary of State for Defra in the summer reshuffle and we immediately asked her to write a letter for our magazine, which is published below. In the letter the Secretary of State sets out her stall, writing about priorities for the Department and her determination to ensure a strong voice at Westminster for our rural communities. 67% of RSPB donors support translocation http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/67-of-rspb-donors-support-translocation http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/67-of-rspb-donors-support-translocation Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:52:40 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Hen harrier numbers arouse great passions. The disagreement over potential recovery programmes has been so strong that despite decades of debate they have not been introduced and we are left with very few hen harriers on English Uplands. We wondered what, beyond noisy campaigners like ourselves, was the opinion of ordinary people? So last week the opinion poll company TNS asked the public for their views. What did they think of translocation of harrier chicks? Would they support it if they knew it was being done on grouse moors? And, the key question, could they accept gamekeepers being involved? Given how vocal some activists are against translocation we were very surprised by the results. Among RSPB donors - a good proxy for those who are passionate about birds - an overwhelming 67% supported translocation even when they knew it was being done on grouse moors by gamekeepers. Only 7% were opposed, with only a tiny 2% of them being strongly opposed. Win a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition - new for the 2014/15 season! http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/win-a-magnum-of-pol-roger-champagne-in-our-tumblers-club-competition-new-for-the-201415-season http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/win-a-magnum-of-pol-roger-champagne-in-our-tumblers-club-competition-new-for-the-201415-season Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:54:54 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting In conjunction with the new 2014/15 hunting season The Countryside Alliance, generously supported by Pol Roger Champagne are running a new competition. We would like you to send in your photographs (open to amateurs only) of the most humorous tumble that you manage to capture on camera this season, to celebrate the brave souls that go hunting and the trusty steeds that carry them. “Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/shoo-dont-shoot-proposals-given-the-bullet http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/shoo-dont-shoot-proposals-given-the-bullet Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:30:36 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should be able to show that they had tried non-lethal methods of control such as scaring before resorting to the gun. The Countryside Alliance was active against this proposal when it was first proposed in 2005 and was similarly active and vocal this time. 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 is currently on its way through the House of Commons and we urge you to use the below e-campaign to write to your MP, asking them to support this Bill and help solve this 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 Countryside Alliance during Party Conference season http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/the-countryside-alliance-during-party-conference-season http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/the-countryside-alliance-during-party-conference-season Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:36:16 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Lobbying The Countryside Alliance political team will be busy during Party Conference season, holding events each of the conferences to encourage debate on key rural issues.We will debate what the parties must do to win the rural vote at the General Election in 2015 and will be launching our General Election Manifesto to prompt and enhance debate. At each conference we will also look at wildlife management and boast a range of high profile speakers lined up to speak at each conference, including each party's Defra team and the Secretary of State, Liz Truss MP, at the Conservatives. Click here to find out about our events, where and when they will be held and who will be on each panel. The Conferences kick off with Labour  from 21-24 September in Manchester then move to UKIP at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday September 26 and Saturday September 27 (our event timings are pending). The Conservatives will hold their conference in Birmingham from 29 September until 1 October and the Liberal Democrats will hold theirs in Glasgow from 4-8 October. We look forward to welcoming politicians and delegates at each. 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. Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thirty-new-marine-protected-areas-declared-in-scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thirty-new-marine-protected-areas-declared-in-scotland Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:28:04 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-areas-declared-scotland.html#jCp Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:21:49 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Shooting is worth £2 billion a year to the UK economy and provides significant conservation benefits according to the results of independent research released today by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance.