- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:53:16 +0100 New course allows gamekeepers to continue using rodenticides http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/new-course-allows-gamekeepers-to-continue-using-rodenticides http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/new-course-allows-gamekeepers-to-continue-using-rodenticides Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:53:15 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting A new one-day course will allow gamekeepers to go on controlling rats using professional rodenticides after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deadline of 1 July 2016. Representative bodies for shooting and gamekeeping, including the Countryside Alliance,  have combined with the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) and with BASIS Registration Ltd (BASIS), to offer a new course, Rat Control for Gamekeepers. Countryside Alliance and Country Life seek "Britain's Best Sporting Pub" http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/countryside-alliance-and-country-life-seek-britains-best-sporting-pub http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/countryside-alliance-and-country-life-seek-britains-best-sporting-pub Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:27:30 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting The Countryside Alliance has teamed up with Country Life magazine to find "Britain's Best Sporting Pub".┬áThis competition aims to celebrate traditional pubs such as coaching inns The Buccleuch Arms at Melrose, the Swan at Tarporley and Jamaica Inn at Launceston or medieval establishments including the Lord Crewe in the Durham uplands, central to shooting at Blanchland Moor. All have a long history of support for their local hunts or shoots. Support for the local community is the driving factor, a good example of which is the Cresselly Arms in West Wales (which is seasonal and supports the cricket team in the summer). We have all been to a pub after a day in the field where a warm welcome awaits and it is a well-established and comforting part of our rural heritage. Tim Bonner announced as new Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/tim-bonner-announced-as-new-chief-executive-of-the-countryside-alliance http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/tim-bonner-announced-as-new-chief-executive-of-the-countryside-alliance Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:40:51 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers The Countryside Alliance has announced that Sir Barney White-Spunner will be stepping down as its Executive Chairman after the AGM in September. The Board has appointed Director of Campaigns, Tim Bonner, to take charge as Chief Executive when he leaves. Sir Barney has spent three and a half years at the head of Britain’s largest rural campaigning organisation. Kimbridge retreat is a joy despite the downpour! http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/charity-casting-for-recovery/kimbridge-retreat-is-a-joy-despite-the-downpour http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/charity-casting-for-recovery/kimbridge-retreat-is-a-joy-despite-the-downpour Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:28 +0100 Countryside Alliance Charity - Casting for Recovery Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, a project run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation which offers fly fishing retreats (with counselling and medical support) to ladies with breast cancer, enjoyed a return to Kimbridge-on-the-Test in Hampshire over the weekend of 24-26 July. Twelve ladies joined the team from all over the country and all enjoyed their weekend enormously, with all catching at least one rainbow trout and the torrential rain proving no barrier to enjoyment. Our thanks to the ladies themselves as well as the team at Kimbridge, the volunteer staff, fishing guides and sponsors Orvis UK - together you made the weekend memorable. Defra research supports current best practice in gamebird rearing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/defra-research-supports-current-best-practice-in-gamebird-rearing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/defra-research-supports-current-best-practice-in-gamebird-rearing Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:39:42 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that Defra-funded research into the use of raised laying units, published today (24 July), supports the existing Defra Code for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, used by the British gamebird industry. The research shows that the current Code of Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, as was proposed by the working group set up by Defra, is fit for purpose. The Law Commission announces "scoping review" of firearms legislation http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/the-law-commission-announces-scoping-review-of-firearms-legislation http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/the-law-commission-announces-scoping-review-of-firearms-legislation Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:19:36 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: This week the Law Commission launched what it described as a "scoping consultation" to find out what the most pressing problems are with regards to the many and varied pieces of firearms legislation in this country (read their press release here). I have before written about the Commission's unenviable task of pulling together the 30+ pieces of legislation governing firearms and attempting to streamline the law in line with both public interest and fairness to the licensed shooting community. New grouse recipe leaflet launched ahead of the Glorious 12th http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/new-grouse-recipe-leaflet-launched-ahead-of-the-glorious-12th http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/new-grouse-recipe-leaflet-launched-ahead-of-the-glorious-12th Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:31:46 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting The Countryside Alliance's dedicated game promotion campaign, Game-to-Eat, has launched a new grouse recipe leaflet ahead of the Glorious 12th. The leaflet features grouse recipes donated by some of the country's top game chefs including Tom Kitchin, Mark Hix, our development chef Lee Maycock and new trailblazing game outfits including Eat Wild and John Doe. Try grilled spatchcock grouse, smoked grouse crostini,  grouse pate or a beer-can grouse with BBQ sauce. Get your copy now from info@gametoeat.co.uk. Copies will be available on-stand at the CLA Game Fair.  Barney makes it clear that the campaign for hunting is far from over http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/barney-makes-it-clear-that-the-campaign-for-hunting-is-far-from-over http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/barney-makes-it-clear-that-the-campaign-for-hunting-is-far-from-over Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:57:57 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Tomorrow the Government was due to introduce amendments to the Hunting Act under a free vote, which would have represented a significant improvement. The amendments would have removed the arbitrary two dog limit in exempt hunting, making it legal to flush and shoot foxes using packs of hounds. If the changes had been passed it would have been legal to manage foxes and some other wild mammals using packs of hounds representing a significant improvement for many farmers and hunts, whilst moving the law into line with Scotland. The requirement to take reasonable steps to shoot would, however, have remained. Breaking news: lobby your MP to vote for hunting http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/breaking-news-lobby-your-mp-to-vote-for-hunting http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/breaking-news-lobby-your-mp-to-vote-for-hunting Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:47:28 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Countryside Alliance has launched a new e-lobby as it is reported that the issue of hunting is to be debated and voted on in the Commons as early as next week. Please read on as our Executive Chairman, Barney White-Spunner, explains why it is vital that you act NOW for hunting.  ´╗┐ Potential impact on Rural Employment from the Scottish Governments Land Reform plans http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/potential-impact-on-rural-employment-from-the-scottish-governments-land-reform-plans- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/potential-impact-on-rural-employment-from-the-scottish-governments-land-reform-plans- Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:46:03 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance has highlighted the potential impact on rural employment, business and environmental sustainability through the removal of sporting rates relief.   Farmers launch 'policing' service to fight rural criminals http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/farmers-launch-policing-service-to-fight-rural-criminals http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/farmers-launch-policing-service-to-fight-rural-criminals Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:03:22 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A new policing scheme designed to tackle rural crime and funded by private landowners has been launched.  SCA at the Shows http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-at-the-shows http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-at-the-shows Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:56:37 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The show season affords us the opportunity to meet many members face to face to discuss more personal situations in a one to one conversation. It also allow us to fly the flag and tell members and other visitors to the stand about our many diverse activities… New hunt country map by George Butler http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/new-hunt-country-map-by-george-butler http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/new-hunt-country-map-by-george-butler Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:38:28 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting Readers of The Field will have seen a feature in the July issue about a new hunt country map, commissioned by the Countryside Alliance as a piece of sporting art by talented young artist George Butler. The poster is currently in production so please keep an eye on this website for details. The map will be on-sale on our stand at the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House nr Leeds in late July.  Scottish Government seems determined to introduce an air weapon licensing system http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-government-seems-determined-to-introduce-an-air-weapon-licensing-system http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-government-seems-determined-to-introduce-an-air-weapon-licensing-system Thu, 14 May 2015 10:37:37 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Despite offences involving air weapons falling to the lowest level since records began in 1980 the Scottish Government seems determined to introduce an air weapon licensing system. Speculation rife after bad news from Bowland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/speculation-rife-after-bad-news-from-bowland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/speculation-rife-after-bad-news-from-bowland Thu, 07 May 2015 10:34:56 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Speculation rife after bad news from Bowland As bloggers busily report the bad news regarding the disappearance of three Hen Harriers from active nests in the Forest of Bowland. Those with a vested interest in creating drama have immediately suggested foul play…