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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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Scottish Game Fair

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Scottish Game Fair ast Scone Palace will be held from Friday 3 July until Sunday 5 July 2015 - Come and see us by the Ringside at No. 1 Gamekeepers Row for a coffee or glass of wine and discuss the areas in your Rural Community, Business or Education where you need help or information

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Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to the Scottish Environment LINK wildlife crime report

Friday, 20 February 2015

Jamie Stewart Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) director said: “We share the stated desire of the Scottish Environmental LINK report – to eradicate wildlife crime in Scotland in its many guises.
“However it is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that this collaboration of self interest groups have failed to engage with those that are actively involved in tackling wildlife crime - the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAWS).

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Scottish Women’s Rural Institute members show they are Game to Eat with wild food recipes

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) and the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute (SWRI) are delighted to announce the winners of their joint Game to Eat recipe competition.
The competition, contended over three stages by members of the SWRI, has been won by Helen Gibson and Margaret Dick of the Dunbartonshire SWRI Federation.
Their menu comprised a trio of game birds terrine served with plum and orange sauce, green salad and pistachio oatcakes, followed by pan-fried venison with bramble sauce served with tangy mashed potato and buttered asparagus and a lemon posset with elderflower and martini jelly served with Scottish butter shortbread biscuits.

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The future of lead ammunition is one of the biggest issues to face shooting in the past few decades

Friday, 13 February 2015

The future of lead ammunition is one of the biggest issues to face shooting in the past few decades, but one which can easily pass you by if the detail of scientific research and Westminster and EU political process turn you off.

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Scottish land reform proposals would damage fragile rural communities claim sporting and land manage

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A group of sporting and land management organisations have voiced their concerns over a number of land reform proposals in an open letter to Dr Aileen McLeod, the Minister responsible for Land Reform in Scotland.

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The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award goes to the family-run Peelham Farm

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award went to the family-run Peelham Farm, a mixed organic farm in the Scottish Borders concerned with preserving rare breeds, encouraging education at all levels (from school age to butchery). L-R Lord Walton, Chris Walton, Environment Secretary Liz Truss, Denise Walton, Angus Walton, Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm who helps select the Award and is a former winner. — at House Of Lords, Houses Of Parliament.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

At the request of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) have been working to establish where and how corvid traps are currently used in Scotland. Last year, the GWCT sent a questionnaire to all registered trap users covered by General Licences in Scotland. Now SASA is asking volunteers to keep simple records of their trap catches through this year, and to allow SASA staff to remotely monitor trap activity using trail cameras for a short period of that time.

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