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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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Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill - What will it mean for you?

Thursday, 22 May 2014

How difficult would it be to obtain an airgun under the proposed licensing scheme?
The Bill, as introduced, sets out a new licensing system for airguns to be administered by the Police Service of Scotland. This would require an existing owner of an airgun, or a new applicant, to apply for a certificate under a new process. The application process will involve elements taken from the current Firearms and Shotgun certificate application processes i.e. age restrictions, character referees, good reason, home visitation etc.

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The Golden Plover Award 2014 nominees announced

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Golden Plover Award for moorland management has returned for 2014 with three excellent candidates from across Scotland. The Award is presented annually by the Heather Trust and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Scotland) in order to promote the very best in sustainable moorland management. Focussed as much on peatland conservation, upland waders and rural employment as it is on grouse production or farming interests, the Award celebrates integrated land use for multiple benefits, from the largest estate to the smallest syndicate. 

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Scottish borders wind farm bid rejected

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The Scottish government has turned down an application for a 21-turbine wind farm near Oxton.
Energy minister Fergus Ewing refused RWE Innogy permission for the Rowantree wind farm in the Scottish Borders on grounds of noise and visual impact.

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Scottish Government to Tackle Illegal Electro Razor Clam Fishing

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

SCOTLAND, UK - Tougher licensing measures have been brought in to clamp down on the illegal practice of electro-fishing for razor clams. It follows an increase in complaints received by Marine Scotland over the last 18 months.
Fishermen and other interested parties have been raising concerns about the impact electrofishing may have on razor fish stocks and the wider marine ecosystem around the Scottish coast, something which Marine Scotland Science is currently studying.
It is legal to fish or dive for razor clams, but the practice of electrofishing by passing an electric current into the seabed is against the law.

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Draconian airgun licensing laws are a disappointment, says Alliance

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Proposals to license all airguns in Scotland are disappointing, the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) has said today, but we shall work with the Scottish Government to ensure the legislation is as workable as possible for our members.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP announced new legislation today (15 May) that will affect the owners of the 500,000 air weapons he estimates are used in Scotland.

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Statement on kangaroo meat

Monday, 28 April 2014

Statement from Jamie Stewart, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, on the inclusion of kangaroo steaks in our game meat box promotion.
“Our work with Kezie centred on the promotion of sustainably harvested British game and promoting an offer to our members.
"The inclusion of exotic meats was only agreed with the confirmation that the animals included were from managed wild or farmed sources. We have received reassurances that the meat is sourced from producers who abide by the legislation and code of practice.
“The meat is a product of legitimate and necessary wildlife management in exactly the same way that Scottish venison is the product of the management of our deer population."

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It’s ‘game on’ at the award-winning Colstoun Cookery School

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Politicians Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP will prove they are “game” to learn a new skill on Friday (4 April) when they take part in a cookery course at the Scottish Countryside Alliance Award-winning Colstoun Cookery School in Haddington, East Lothian.
Colstoun are the Scottish champions in the start-up category of the 2013 Awards and will travel to Westminster on 30 April to take part in the national finals.
In celebration they have invited Mr Gray, Ms O’Donnell, John Macmillan of East Lothian Council, Jamie Stewart and Charlie Shentall of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and Sarah Ingham, head-teacher of local school the Knox Academy, to get hands-on in the kitchen.

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