Scottish Countryside Alliance - News Latest news //countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news Scottish Countryside Alliance News Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:19:01 +0000 2019 SCOTTISH RURAL AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/2019-scottish-rural-awards-open-for-nominations //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/2019-scottish-rural-awards-open-for-nominations Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:19:00 +0000 Jamie Stewart Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Nominations for the 2019 Scottish Rural Awards are now open, with businesses across Scotland's countryside encouraged to get involved.    Countryside Alliance respond to missing Hen Harriers //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-alliance-respond-to-missing-hen-harriers //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-alliance-respond-to-missing-hen-harriers Tue, 22 May 2018 11:41:07 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News 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. The anti-hunting lobby is motivated by prejudice, not animal welfare //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-anti-hunting-lobby-is-motivated-by-prejudice-not-animal-welfare //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-anti-hunting-lobby-is-motivated-by-prejudice-not-animal-welfare Wed, 16 May 2018 09:25:45 +0000 Jamie Stewart Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News ‘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 Further thoughts on the Raven Research Licence //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/further-thoughts-on-the-raven-research-licence //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/further-thoughts-on-the-raven-research-licence Thu, 03 May 2018 10:22:58 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News 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. Scottish Countryside Alliance Statement on SNH Raven research licence //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-statement-on-snh-raven-research-licence //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-statement-on-snh-raven-research-licence Thu, 03 May 2018 10:13:26 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News 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. Research shows hunting is irrelevant to Scottish voters //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/research-shows-hunting-is-irrelevant-to-scottish-voters //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/research-shows-hunting-is-irrelevant-to-scottish-voters Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:30:31 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News 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. The Hunt. A new Perspective //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-hunt-a-new-perspective- //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-hunt-a-new-perspective- Mon, 01 Jan 2018 11:24:29 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News 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. Aided and Abetted //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/aided-and-abetted //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/aided-and-abetted Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:01:17 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The RSPB aided and abetted by the BBC as they deploy the tactics of Animal Rights organisations in an attempt to mislead the public The BBC allowed RSPBs Guy Shorrock to report figures taken from a collation of bird crime 'incidents' reported to RSPB as fact. HMICS launches online questionnaire about firearms licensing in Scotland //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/hmics-launches-online-questionnaire-about-firearms-licensing-in-scotland //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/hmics-launches-online-questionnaire-about-firearms-licensing-in-scotland Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:44:27 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News HMICS launches online questionnaire about firearms licensing in Scotland An online questionnaire has been launched by HMICS to allow members of the public who have applied in the last two years to Police Scotland for a firearm, shotgun or air weapon certificate to comment on the licensing process. Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/never-let-the-truth-stand-in-the-way-of-a-good-story //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/never-let-the-truth-stand-in-the-way-of-a-good-story Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:57:09 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, Jamie Stewart writes: Celebrated author Mark Twain is attributed the saying “never let the truth stand in the way of a good story, unless you can’t think of anything better.” Not so celebrated journalist Peter Swindon seems to have taken inspiration from the latter part of the quote, or he has been completely duped by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). National Trust Council election candidates //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/national-trust-council-election-candidates //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/national-trust-council-election-candidates Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:23:34 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Members of the National Trust have been invited to elect up to six candidates for the Council ahead of the AGM on 21st October. The main responsibilities of the council are to appoint the Trust’s Chair and members of the Board of Trustees (the NT governing body) and to hold them to account. Tail Shortening for Working Dogs //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/tail-shortening-for-working-dogs- //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/tail-shortening-for-working-dogs- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:46:04 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) vote on the draft legislation to allow the tail shortening of Spaniel and HPR puppies that are likely to be used in connection with shooting. High Birds in May 2017 //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/high-birds-in-may-2017 //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/high-birds-in-may-2017 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:29:50 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News High Birds in May 2017   The annual Whitfield Charity Clay Shoot 13th and 14th May 2017. Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to Cabinet Secretary’s announcement //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-cabinet-secretarys-announcement //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-cabinet-secretarys-announcement Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:43:34 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the cabinet secretary’s statement to invite key stakeholders to work together to develop a code of practice for the use of dogs in fox control and explore the potential for a new monitoring scheme. Thousands of well-wishers greet Scottish hunts in unprecedented show of support for New Year’s day //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thousands-of-well-wishers-greet-scottish-hunts-in-unprecedented-show-of-support-for-new-years-day-m //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thousands-of-well-wishers-greet-scottish-hunts-in-unprecedented-show-of-support-for-new-years-day-m Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:32:47 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Thousands of well-wishers greet Scottish hunts in unprecedented show of support for New Year’s day meets   As proud masters addressed the massed assembly of well-wishers and supporters attending the many New Year’s Day (second of Jan) meets across Scotland, many chose to revisit their words from 2003 to reflect on the challenges face today.