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Rural Life

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.
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Shooting

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.
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Hunting

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.
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Angling

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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Scottish Government seems determined to introduce an air weapon licensing system

Thursday, 14 May 2015

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.

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Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics 2014 Season

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics 2014 Season
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published the salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2014 season.

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Speculation rife after bad news from Bowland

Thursday, 7 May 2015

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…

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Wildlife organisations call for three-year ban on an mountain hare culls

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Wildlife organisations call for three-year ban on an mountain hare culls

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Scottish Rural Awards celebrate the countryside’s entrepreneurs

Monday, 30 March 2015

Scone Palace, Thistly Cross Cider and Highland Game Ltd were among the businesses honoured at the inaugural Scottish Rural Awards Gala Dinner.
The new awards and their gala awards dinner are the first major event of a five-year partnership between Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance to celebrate the entrepreneurship of rural businesses.

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Air gun licensing is unnecessary and will not cut gun crime, says SCA

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Scottish Parliament’s intention to continue towards licensing air weapons, despite evidence that such a move will do little to reduce crime whilst increasing police costs, is disappointing, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA).
Yesterday (23 March) the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee published its report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. It suggests that the estimated 500,000 air weapons held across Scotland should be licensed, despite a warning from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents that licensing would be unwieldy and expensive.

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Scottish Game Fair

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Scottish Game Fair ast Scone Palace will be held from Friday 3 July until Sunday 5 July 2015 - Come and see us by the Ringside at No. 1 Gamekeepers Row for a coffee or glass of wine and discuss the areas in your Rural Community, Business or Education where you need help or information

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