- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:15:31 +0100 Events in the coming weeks http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/events/events-in-the-coming-weeks http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/events/events-in-the-coming-weeks Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:15:30 +0100 Countryside Alliance Events There are some exceptional events to look forward to in the coming weeks - here are just a few dates for your diaries - the Countryside Alliance will be out in force at Chatsworth, the Midland Game Fair, Hampshire Country Sports Day and at Aintree, Ffos Las and Cheltenham Racecourses....... Welcoming the Government's big plans for the countryside http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/welcoming-the-governments-big-plans-for-the-countryside http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/welcoming-the-governments-big-plans-for-the-countryside Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:13:54 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Today's Daily Telegraph carries a piece by Chancellor George Osborne and Environment Secretary Liz Truss in which they reveal a "Rural Productivity Plan" which is intended to bring about a wholesale boost for our countryside across planning, infrastructure, education, transport and local government. Read the piece, "With our plan, the countryside can become Britain’s engine of growth" here. The shopping list contained in the report is to be welcomed as it features several of our campaigning priorities from broadband and mobile coverage to transport and affordable housing. Coming soon - the 2015 Rural Oscars http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/coming-soon-the-2015-rural-oscars http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/coming-soon-the-2015-rural-oscars Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:01:32 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Food & Farming The 2015 Countryside Alliance Awards, aka Rural Oscars, will open to nominations on our website on Monday 14th September. This year, we include a new category - tourism enterprise - to reflect the diverse contributions tourism makes to life in the coutnryside. Other categories are local food & drink, village shop/ post office and butcher. Make sure you back your rural heroes when we open to nominations! We will be sending out hard copy nomination forms and posters - if you would like a stock, please email awards@countryside-alliance.org. Appeal Regarding Raptor Killing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/appeal-regarding-raptor-killing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/appeal-regarding-raptor-killing Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:18:05 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News   Scottish Countryside Alliance APPEAL FOR INFORMATION ON THE RECENT KILLING OF BIRDs OF PREY The Scottish Countryside Alliance adds its voice to calls for information on recent deaths of birds of prey. Jamie Stewart Director Scotland said: It is extremely disappointing to hear news of a number of incidents reported in the media involving the shooting of birds of prey, inc a satellite tagged hen harrier from the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, and a Buzzard in the Scottish Border country. As a committed member of PAW Scotland the Scottish Countryside Alliance supports the Scottish Government in their commitment to empower Police Scotland Wildlife crime officers to bring an end to these outdated criminal activity. Incidents of bird of prey. Persecution have fallen to a low level over the last five years and we want to ensure that everything possible is done to eradicate them completely. The Scottish Government has made it clear it is committed to dealing with this issue vigorously and we support its objective. The importance of reporting crime or suspected criminal activities involving wildlife as soon as possible cannot be over emphasised; those who hold on to information for whatever reason diminish the ability of our dedicated wildlife crime teams in their investigation and prosecution of criminals. I would urge anyone with any information on the latest incident to contact Police Scotland as soon as possible. Hunting Newcomers Week 2015 - 17th – 24th October http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/hunting-newcomers-week-2015-17th-24th-october http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/hunting-newcomers-week-2015-17th-24th-october Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:19:29 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting Hunting Newcomers Week will this year take place from 17th – 24th October. This popular annual event sees hunts invite new followers via special days for first time followers, open their kennels or event hold a talk at a local pub to explain hunting's role. We will have information about events on our website shortly. Participating hunts can contact beverley-thomas@countryside-alliance.org for more information and literature. Renewed call for implementation of hen harrier recovery plan http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/renewed-call-for-implementation-of-hen-harrier-recovery-plan http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/renewed-call-for-implementation-of-hen-harrier-recovery-plan Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:51:27 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting The Countryside Alliance, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, CLA, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, and the Moorland Association are calling for Defra to implement a plan for hen harrier recovery across England. In 2014 there were just four breeding attempts, all on or adjacent to moorland managed for red grouse, with 16 chicks fledged. However, this year saw a 300 percent increase in nesting attempts to 12 nests. Six of these were successful in Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland and Lancashire with 18 chicks surviving. Latest Heather Routes http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/latest-heather-routes http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/latest-heather-routes Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:24:39 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News To read the latest Heather Routes click through to this link: HEATHER ROUTES   To Subscribe to our Scottish Heather Routes Newsletter please fill out the online request: HEATHER ROUTES SUBSCRIBE 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" - nominate online HERE. This 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. 9 September - Shoot Seminar featuring the CA at Loyton Lodge, Devon http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/events/9-september-shoot-seminar-featuring-the-ca-at-loyton-lodge-devon http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/events/9-september-shoot-seminar-featuring-the-ca-at-loyton-lodge-devon Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:22:08 +0100 Countryside Alliance Events A shoot seminar will take place on Wednesday 9 September from 5.45-8.30pm at Loyton Lodge, Morebath, Tiverton, Devon EX16 9ASThe Shoot Seminar is brought to you by Clarke Willmott and will be an opportunity to discuss current issues affecting shoots and participants in the field. The information gained from this event will help ensure there are as few chinks in the armour as possible. A number of topical issues will be covered, and speakers for the event are: 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… 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…