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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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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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High Birds in May 2017

Thursday, 13 April 2017

High Birds in May 2017
 
The annual Whitfield Charity Clay Shoot 13th and 14th May 2017.

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Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to Cabinet Secretary’s announcement

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the cabinet secretary’s statement to invite key stakeholders to work together to develop a code of practice for the use of dogs in fox control and explore the potential for a new monitoring scheme.

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Berwickshire Master Bill McBrnie photo

Thousands of well-wishers greet Scottish hunts in unprecedented show of support for New Year’s day

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Thousands of well-wishers greet Scottish hunts in unprecedented show of support for New Year’s day meets
 
As proud masters addressed the massed assembly of well-wishers and supporters attending the many New Year’s Day (second of Jan) meets across Scotland, many chose to revisit their words from 2003 to reflect on the challenges face today.
 

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Time running out for unlicensed airguns

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Time running out for unlicensed airguns
 
Police Scotland have received  circa 10,000 applications for the new Air Weapon Certificate but even discounting those with current Firearms or Shotgun certificates it is estimated that over 400,000 airguns could be unlicensed in Scotland when a new law comes into force on New Year’s Day 2017.
The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 will make it an offence to possess an airgun without a specific licence or to be covered by a temporary exemption granted by way of possession of a current firearm and shotgun certificate.

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Response to Bonomy report into Protection of Wild Animals act

Monday, 21 November 2016

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the publication of the Bonomy Review into the protection of wild mammals Scotland Act 2002 which deals with hunting with dogs which has been published today. 

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A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors

Friday, 18 November 2016

A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors

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Highly misleading article published by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS)

Friday, 18 November 2016

Countryside Alliance Scottish Director responds to misleading article about snaring in Scotland

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