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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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Raise a glass to the best sporting pub in Scotland!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The country’s top sporting pubs have been revealed today, with the announcement of the winners of the Countryside Alliance and Country Life magazine’s Britain’s Best Sporting Pub competition, in association with Pol Roger champagne.
And the best sporting pub in Scotland is the Buccleuch Arms in St Boswells in the Borders.

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Scottish Countryside Alliance supports campaign against wildlife crime

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the publication of the 2014 Wildlife Crime report by Aileen McLeod MSP Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
The report published today (30 September) is the third report on wildlife crime in Scotland, but the first from Dr McLeod.
The Minister reported that there has been considerable public interest in wildlife crime, in particular the persecution of birds of prey and hunting with dogs, and therefore included a specific section on the latter.

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Appeal Regarding Raptor Killing

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Scottish Countryside Alliance


The Scottish Countryside Alliance adds its voice to calls for information on recent deaths of birds of prey.

Jamie Stewart Director Scotland said: It is extremely disappointing to hear news of a number of incidents reported in the media involving the shooting of birds of prey, inc a satellite tagged hen harrier from the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, and a Buzzard in the Scottish Border country.

As a committed member of PAW Scotland the Scottish Countryside Alliance supports the Scottish Government in their commitment to empower Police Scotland Wildlife crime officers to bring an end to these outdated criminal activity. Incidents of bird of prey.

Persecution have fallen to a low level over the last five years and we want to ensure that everything possible is done to eradicate them completely. The Scottish Government has made it clear it is committed to dealing with this issue vigorously and we support its objective.

The importance of reporting crime or suspected criminal activities involving wildlife as soon as possible cannot be over emphasised; those who hold on to information for whatever reason diminish the ability of our dedicated wildlife crime teams in their investigation and prosecution of criminals.

I would urge anyone with any information on the latest incident to contact Police Scotland as soon as possible.

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Latest Heather Routes

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

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Breaking news: lobby your MP to vote for hunting

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new e-lobby as it is reported that the issue of hunting is to be debated and voted on in the Commons as early as next week. Please read on as our Executive Chairman, Barney White-Spunner, explains why it is vital that you act NOW for hunting

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Jamie Stewart and The Princess Royal

SCA at the Shows

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The show season affords us the opportunity to meet many members face to face to discuss more personal situations in a one to one conversation. It also allow us to fly the flag and tell members and other visitors to the stand about our many diverse activities…

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Farmers launch 'policing' service to fight rural criminals

Friday, 3 July 2015

A new policing scheme designed to tackle rural crime and funded by private landowners has been launched. 

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