- News Latest news //countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:53:39 +0000 Response to Bonomy report into Protection of Wild Animals act //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/response-to-bonomy-report-into-protection-of-wild-animals-act //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/response-to-bonomy-report-into-protection-of-wild-animals-act Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:53:38 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the publication of the Bonomy Review into the protection of wild mammals Scotland Act 2002 which deals with hunting with dogs which has been published today.  A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/a-shooting-rates-questionnaire-is-now-being-posted-out-by-the-assessors-to-shooting-proprietors //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/a-shooting-rates-questionnaire-is-now-being-posted-out-by-the-assessors-to-shooting-proprietors Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:41:20 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors Highly misleading article published by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/highly-misleading-article-published-by-the-league-against-cruel-sports-lacs //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/highly-misleading-article-published-by-the-league-against-cruel-sports-lacs Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:33:20 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Countryside Alliance Scottish Director responds to misleading article about snaring in Scotland Scotland's golden eagle population soars during past decade //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-golden-eagle-population-soars-during-past-decade //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-golden-eagle-population-soars-during-past-decade Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:52:45 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The population of golden eagles in Scotland has grown by 15% over the past decade, figures show.  Conservationists have welcomed the results of the fourth national golden eagle survey that shows numbers of the bird of prey have increased to 508 pairs from 442 in the last survey in 2003. Experts say the figures show the golden eagle, regarded by many people as Scotland's national bird, is recovering to previous historic levels. 2017 Scottish Rural Awards launch at Holyrood //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/2017-scottish-rural-awards-launch-at-holyrood //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/2017-scottish-rural-awards-launch-at-holyrood Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:48:30 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards have officially launched at the Scottish Parliament. Marking the opening of nominations at a reception at Holyrood yesterday (Thursday 8 September), Rachael Hamilton MSP, Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Tourism and Small Business, hailed the Scottish Rural Awards as a great boost to Scottish rural enterprise. Addressing MSPs on their first week back in Parliament after the summer recess, Rachael Hamilton said: “I am honoured to be hosting tonight's Parliamentary reception on behalf of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and the Scottish Field to mark the launch of the Scottish Rural Awards 2017. It is with delight that we encourage the opportunity to acknowledge creative and innovative people, business, ideas and achievements. Scottish Countryside Alliance response to the Government’s announcement on tail docking //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-response-to-the-governments-announcement-on-tail-docking //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-response-to-the-governments-announcement-on-tail-docking Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:29 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) is pleased that legislation will be changed in Scotland to allow the docking of the tails of working spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies, on welfare grounds.  SCA director Jamie Stewart said: “We welcome this decision and the releasing of the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposal.  “An overwhelming majority, ninety two percent (92%), of respondents to the consultation agreed that vets in Scotland should be allowed to dock the tails of spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies if they believe on the evidence presented to them that they are likely to be used for working in future and that the pain of docking is outweighed by the possible avoidance of more serious injuries in later life.   The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the news as Scotland’s Red Kite numbers grow. //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-scottish-countryside-alliance-welcomes-the-news-as-scotlands-red-kite-numbers-grow //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-scottish-countryside-alliance-welcomes-the-news-as-scotlands-red-kite-numbers-grow Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:42:12 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the news as Scotland’s Red Kite numbers grow.     Scottish fox hunting law can be improved with minor amendments //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-fox-hunting-law-can-be-improved-with-minor-amendments //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-fox-hunting-law-can-be-improved-with-minor-amendments Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:50:12 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Much has been made in the press of the Police Scotland response to the Scottish Government appointed review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.  Police Scotland has confirmed that on occasion it has been unable to establish the high threshold of evidence required to prove and, ultimately, report cases to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. However what has not been reported is their further comment that the law is fit for purpose and significant improvements could be made to it without the need for considerable change to the legislation. Countryside Alliance and Moorland Association make case for grouse moor management //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-alliance-and-moorland-association-make-case-for-grouse-moor-management //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-alliance-and-moorland-association-make-case-for-grouse-moor-management Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:44:38 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News On the 18th October, the Countryside Alliance and the Moorland Association gave evidence at a Parliamentary inquiry into grouse shooting and grouse moor management. MPs on the Petitions Committee and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee heard experts give evidence on grouse shooting before they debate a petition in Parliament’s secondary chamber, Westminster Hall, on the 31st October. The oral evidence session and debate are in response to a petition, launched by Dr Mark Avery, calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned. Due to the petition reaching over 100,000 signatures it has been allocated parliamentary time for a debate. However, due to a surge in support for a counter-petition supporting grouse shooting the debate will not now be on banning driven grouse shooting, but on grouse shooting in general. SCA joins call for information on missing Golden Eagles //countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-shooting/sca-joins-call-for-information-on-missing-golden-eagles //countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-shooting/sca-joins-call-for-information-on-missing-golden-eagles Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:06:54 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Shooting Media reports surrounding the disappearance of eight of Scotland’s majestic golden eagles have raised concerns of illegal activity, although these are unconfirmed. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents shooting and conservation interests, will work with Police Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and other interested parties to stamp out any illegal persecution and is clear that finger pointing at the shooting community, based on no evidence, must be resisted. Environment Secretary sets out priorities //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/environment-secretary-sets-out-priorities //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/environment-secretary-sets-out-priorities Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:29:19 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A number of priorities to protect Scotland’s natural environment have been outlined by the Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham. Speaking in a Parliamentary debate, Ms Cunningham highlighted key actions she will take, including:   Review wildlife crime prevention Consult on a public register of controlling interests in land in early summer Establish more ambitious climate change targets Establish the Scottish Land Commission by 1 April, 2017 Campaign raises awareness of air weapons licensing scheme //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/campaign-raises-awareness-of-air-weapons-licensing-scheme- //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/campaign-raises-awareness-of-air-weapons-licensing-scheme- Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:53:14 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the new air weapons legislation that aims to improve public safety and reduce gun crime in Scotland.  Anybody who wants to use or own an air weapon will be able to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapon certificate, or a permit in some circumstances, from 1 July 2016. This gives users six months to get a certificate before new rules tightening access to air weapons, introduced in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, come into  effect from 31 December 2016. Government must act now to improve Firearms Law //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/government-must-act-now-to-improve-firearms-law //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/government-must-act-now-to-improve-firearms-law Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:35:48 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Countryside Alliance has warned the Government not to miss an opportunity to do something positive for the shooting community. Amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill which would make some important technical changes to existing firearms legislation were debated yesterday (Tuesday 26 April) in the House of Commons. Big rural debate thrashes out array of rural issues //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/big-rural-debate-thrashes-out-array-of-rural-issues //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/big-rural-debate-thrashes-out-array-of-rural-issues Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:40:21 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Rural issues and potential solutions were brought to the fore of the Scottish election campaign at the largest National Rural Hustings for seventeen years. SCA CONDEMNS RAPTOR PERSECUTION BUT LONGER TERM TRENDS WILL TELL THE TRUE STORY OF BIRD CRIME //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-condemns-raptor-persecution-but-longer-term-trends-will-tell-the-true-story-of-bird-crime //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-condemns-raptor-persecution-but-longer-term-trends-will-tell-the-true-story-of-bird-crime Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:20:31 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News SCA condemns raptor persecution but longer term trends will tell the true story of bird crime