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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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Friday, 20 July 2018

Nominations for the 2019 Scottish Rural Awards are now open, with businesses across Scotland's countryside encouraged to get involved.   

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Hen Harrier

Countryside Alliance respond to missing Hen Harriers

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

In response to the RSPB’s press release ‘Three hen harriers vanish in suspicious circumstances’ please find below a statement from Scottish Countryside Alliance Director, Jamie Stewart.

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Hunting Herald Scotland

The anti-hunting lobby is motivated by prejudice, not animal welfare

Sunday, 13 May 2018

‘The anti-hunting lobby is motivated by prejudice, not animal welfare - they just can’t stand the sight of a huntsman in a red coat’ By Jamie Stewart, director of The Scottish Countryside Alliance

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Scottish Countryside Alliance

Further thoughts on the Raven Research Licence

Monday, 30 April 2018

Jamie Stewart, the Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance writes: The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomed the pragmatic approach taken by SNH last week in granting a five-year licence for raven control across part of Perthshire, to learn more about the impact of raven predation on ground nesting birds such as the curlew. In the face of fierce remonstrations, the decision is a win for practical conservation.

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Scottish Countryside Alliance Statement on SNH Raven research licence

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the practical approach taken by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in granting a research licence to mitigate the impact of raven predation on vulnerable and red-listed ground nesting birds. On what is an obviously contentious issue, SNH is to be congratulated for disagreeing with the largest conservation bodies in the country by prioritising science over emotion.

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Research shows hunting is irrelevant to Scottish voters

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

It is one of the great paradoxes of our age that as activists and the political classes become more and more obsessed with animal rights issues the public remains largely unmoved. Hunting, of course, remains the totemic issue but despite acres of press comment and social media posts our research, as well of that of others, consistently confirms that it is utterly irrelevant to the way people vote. This rejection of public priorities is fundamentally bad politics and nowhere is there a better example of that than in Scotland.

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The Hunt. A new Perspective

Monday, 1 January 2018

Crowds flock to market squares and village meets across Scotland on New Years day to demonstrate support for their local foxhound pack.
This annual spectacle is an opportunity for Scotland’s registered foxhound packs to thank all those who support them, from the farmers and landowners over whose land they operate, to their subscribers and the public, whose enthusiasm and support for mounted fox control shows no signs of waning.

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