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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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Promoting
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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Promoting
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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Promoting
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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We look forward to working with Fergus Ewing MSP

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Fergus Ewing MSP has been appointed Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity. Countryside Alliance
Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: "The Scottish Government have come under significant criticism for the failure to deliver EU payments to farmers and the consequential link with an economic downturn in the rural economy. Shooting events and country sports tourism attract millions of visitors every year and profile Scotland as a sporting destination of choice around the world.

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Welcoming Roseanna Cunningham MSP to Environment brief

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Roseanna Cunningham MSP has been appointed Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: The Scottish Government's decisions on the implementation of Land Reform will be pivotal to continuance of business within the land and game management sector and to the many downstream businesses who rely on them, particularly those decisions taken by Roseanna Cunningham. Shooting events and country sports tourism attract millions of visitors every year and profile Scotland as a sporting destination of choice around the world.

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Government must act now to improve Firearms Law

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

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.

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Big rural debate thrashes out array of rural issues

Friday, 8 April 2016

Rural issues and potential solutions were brought to the fore of the Scottish election campaign at the largest National Rural Hustings for seventeen years.

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Scottish Rural Awards celebrate the best of rural entrepreneurship

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Scottish Rural Awards celebrate the best of rural entrepreneurship

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SCA CONDEMNS RAPTOR PERSECUTION BUT LONGER TERM TRENDS WILL TELL THE TRUE STORY OF BIRD CRIME

Monday, 21 March 2016

SCA condemns raptor persecution but longer term trends will tell the true story of bird crime

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Sahpe of things to Come

Scotland’s Land Reform Bill Passes Stage 3

Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Land Reform Bill which passed its Stage 3 debate in Holyrood yesterday was feistier than the Scottish government originally proposed, but less than the Land Reform Review Group (LRRG) recommended back in 2014.

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