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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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Report shows a marginal increase in Scottish wildlife crime in 2013

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Figures published by the Scottish Government showed there were 319 wildlife crime incidents recorded in 2012-13, up from 307 the previous year.
Although the report concluded that levels of wildlife crime in Scotland remained static in the last five years Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse stated: "I remain unsympathetic to those who believe that crimes against wildlife are of little consequence and can somehow be justified."

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Routes to Rural Employment - R2RE

Monday, 24 March 2014

The step by step journey from education to employment is one of the key moments in a young person’s life. It is a journey that for all too many rural Scots is broken by the lack of sustainable local employment opportunities. It is in the common interest and for the benefit of the Scottish public from all walks of life that we ensure our young people have the choices and chances to enable them to reach their full potential. Giving our young people the opportunity to channel their talent, enthusiasm and energy into sustainable and rewarding employment is critical to Scotland’s future economic success.
The labour market in Scotland is in a continuous process of change, with a much smaller number of jobchangers and therefore fewer job vacancies, compounding the fact that employers seem less likely to hire people seeking a first job. The struggle to find work is the very real challenge many young Scots face with unemployment sitting at around 20.5% it’s never been more difficult in recent memory to find a job in Scotland.

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Countryside Alliance Winter Magazine Available online

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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"Wildlife Habitat Improvement Guide for Wildfowl" - download it here

Friday, 15 March 2013

The Countryside Alliance is pleased to announce the publication of “A Guide to Improving Habitat for Wildfowl”

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RSPCA private prosecution collapse reinforces need for scrutiny of charity

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

An RSPCA private prosecution brought against a Cheshire hunt supporter, his partner and their nineteen year old daughter has collapsed on the first morning of a scheduled three day trial at Crewe Magistrates’Court. 

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