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Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.

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SCA response to the wildlife crime penalties review group report

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Scottish Countryside Alliance has responded to the report of wildlife crime penalities review group, commissioned by the Scottish Government, which was published today.
Jamie Stewart, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance said: “As an active member of PAW Scotland the Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the wildlife crime penalties review group report and particularly the ministerial comment acknowledging the reputation of Scotland’s country sports sector and the work carried out to reduce criminal act against wildlife.

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3 Days To Nominate!!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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hwenergy Biomass Demo Day

Thursday, 5 November 2015

HWEnergy Biomass Heat Trail, Fri 27th Nov View this email in your browser   Join us on our Biomass Heat Trail Fri 27th November, 10am - 2pmHWEnergy HQ, Fort William, PH33 6SQCost: Free of ChargeWe're holding the next in our series of popular biomass demonstration events and would be delighted if you could join us. Understand the requirements of a successful installation by speaking to our customers The event is aimed at businesses and organisations that have a large heat demand and provides a great opportunity to: See a number of biomass heating systems in operation Speak to system owners about their experiences Learn about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Discuss how you can save on your heating costs Network with our experienced members of staff During the day we'll visit biomass installations at a range of local organisations including a leisure centre, dental surgery, supermarket, farm, and sheltered housing association.Breakfast rolls and a buffet lunch are also provided.  A limited number of places are available and so if you would like to attend please call Alasdair Miles on 01397 709292 or email More info    

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Scottish Rural Awards

Monday, 2 November 2015

Subscribe Share Past Issues RSS Translate Heather Routes - Scottish Rural Awards"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at" Stephen Hawking         The Scottish Rural Awards - 2016 Nominations Close 20th November 2015 Highlighting the true industry, innovation, dedication and aspiration of those who live and work in rural areas In Discussion With Charlie Shentall, The Project Manager of The Scottish Rural AwardsHow does the 2016 Season shape up compared to last year?  2015 was the first year in partnership with the Scottish Field and the first time we took the awards through to a major event which took place in March at Our Dynamic Earth, it was such a huge success we have had to ask the venue to increase its seating plan to the maximum (400), even before this years nominations had started! What has been the response in terms of nominations so far?  The nominations opened on 21st September, and there was the usual rush, things tend to settle down in October to a steady flow and then there is always a huge influx in the last couple of weeks till the nominations close on 20th November. We have made the nomination process electronic this year which means we can cope much better with the huge volume of forms. With all the amazing stories of 'triumph over adversity' I would guess there has been a positive response from politicians and business leaders in support of their local rural enterprises?  There has been a massive response from business in general,  both from a nomination and a support element with a 300% increase in sponsorship this year, these include the Bank of Scotland, Chiene + Tait, Strathallan School, hwenergy, Highland Game, Clarendon Planning and Development, the SRUC. However, surprisingly only few Scottish politicians (David Mundell especially - see article here: Peeblesshire News) have understood the hugely positive impact of the Awards amongst rural constituencies and the powerful success stories that people love to hear about. I understand there have been a few changes in the Categories for 2016?  That's correct, There are still 12 Categories with Rural Hero and Lifetime Achievement are open to Public nominations, a new category Rural Enterprise has been added with the Butcher category merged into it, Rural Tourism and Hospitality are now merged, Agriculture and Aquaculture have been split into separate awards, the remainder are Education, Conservation and The Environment, Business Start Up, Business Diversification, Artisan Food and finally Artisan DrinkSo how does the nomination process work?The intention is for people to identify a business, organisation or person they feel have excelled or succeeded or overcome in a way that needs to be recognised, they then fill out the nomination form (Click Here) If they wish to self nominate they can (but not in the Rural Hero or Lifetime Achievement Category) and people can view the Categories, Criteria and 2015 Winners stories if they go to What can people do to help the Awards?Put simply nominate, tweet, blog, share, these are Scotland's only independent Rural Awards that celebrate the very best of rural Scotland - enterprise, initiative, perseverance, skill, focus, determination and success in all its forms,  my hope is people will take a moment to boost their positivity by helping celebrate the vibrancy and industry of Scotland's rural life        "To list their achievements is a list too long, to detail their achievements is to understate their positive impact on the island of Mull and its Community." Brian & Duncan Swinbanks - 2015 Rural Heroes 2016? YOU DECIDE...   SRA Dinner and Ceremony 31st March 2016 Join 400+ people at a stunning evening celebrating the very best in rural success and innovation, tickets will be on sale soon - 18 tables already taken from those who attended last year. 

‘The most amazing atmosphere, unlike any I have seen before; friendly, exciting, engaging. We all felt we were actually part of the awards, not just observers.’

‘The place was packed, buzzing with excitement and anticipation. It felt like being at the Oscars.’

‘To see all those amazing people from all across rural Scotland in one place all celebrating theirs and everyone else’s achievements – it was magical.’

‘Inspiring, heartwarming and a sense of real achievement… Can’t wait for next time… Who knows!’
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Raise a glass to the best sporting pub in Scotland!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The country’s top sporting pubs have been revealed today, with the announcement of the winners of the Countryside Alliance and Country Life magazine’s Britain’s Best Sporting Pub competition, in association with Pol Roger champagne.
And the best sporting pub in Scotland is the Buccleuch Arms in St Boswells in the Borders.

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Scottish Countryside Alliance supports campaign against wildlife crime

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the publication of the 2014 Wildlife Crime report by Aileen McLeod MSP Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
The report published today (30 September) is the third report on wildlife crime in Scotland, but the first from Dr McLeod.
The Minister reported that there has been considerable public interest in wildlife crime, in particular the persecution of birds of prey and hunting with dogs, and therefore included a specific section on the latter.

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Appeal Regarding Raptor Killing

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Scottish Countryside Alliance


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.

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