Scottish Countryside Alliance - News Latest news // Scottish Countryside Alliance News Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:56:10 +0000 The 2016 Welsh Rural Oscars go to… // // Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:56:09 +0000 Countryside Alliance Awards Article The Countryside Alliance Awards, Wales’ premier rural business awards, were handed out by Leader of the House and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt at a reception at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, on Wednesday 1st February. The Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are now in their 13th year. They were set up to celebrate rural communities, produce, skill, heritage and enterprising spirit and they run across five categories which enable the Countryside Alliance to give a platform and a voice to diverse rural businesses.  Jane Hutt AM spoke to the gathering about her support for rural Wales and the reception was kindly sponsored by Assembly Members Paul Davies, Welsh Conservatives, Simon Thomas Plaid Cymru and Neil Hamilton, UKIP, and Countryside Alliance Director for Wales, Rachel Evans, announced the winners, who were chosen from thousands of public nominations.The Champions for Wales now advance to the British finals, to be held at the House of Lords on 22nd March. The winners were announced as: Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to Cabinet Secretary’s 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 // // 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.   Coverage for the 2016 CA Awards, aka the Rural Oscars // // Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:21:48 +0000 Countryside Alliance Awards CA Awards News Ledbury Reporter: Two Herefordshire finalists named in Countryside Alliance's Rural Oscars The Hunts Post: Village shop in running for ‘rural Oscars’ Plymouth Herald: South West rural businesses make finals of Countryside Alliance rural oscars Northumberland Gazette: Regional finalists in the Rural Oscars 2016 Eastern Daily Press: East Anglia’s rural businesses among the finalists for 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards Sheffield Telegraph: Sheffield village shop at heart of rural life Horncastle News: Praise from PM and now chance of an Oscar.... In Cumbria: Five Cumbrian entries make northern final of Rural Oscars Yorkshire Post: Yorkshire’s rural businesses lead national awards charge Monmouthshire Beacon: Raglan butcher in awards final Lynn News: West Norfolk businesses chosen as finalists in ‘Rural Oscars’ Time running out for unlicensed airguns // // Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:58:48 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Time running out for unlicensed airguns   Police Scotland have received  circa 10,000 applications for the new Air Weapon Certificate but even discounting those with current Firearms or Shotgun certificates it is estimated that over 400,000 airguns could be unlicensed in Scotland when a new law comes into force on New Year’s Day 2017. The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 will make it an offence to possess an airgun without a specific licence or to be covered by a temporary exemption granted by way of possession of a current firearm and shotgun certificate. Response to Bonomy report into Protection of Wild Animals act // // Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:53:38 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the publication of the Bonomy Review into the protection of wild mammals Scotland Act 2002 which deals with hunting with dogs which has been published today.  A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors // // Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:41:20 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors Highly misleading article published by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) // // Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:33:20 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Countryside Alliance Scottish Director responds to misleading article about snaring in Scotland Scotland's golden eagle population soars during past decade // // Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:52:45 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The population of golden eagles in Scotland has grown by 15% over the past decade, figures show.  Conservationists have welcomed the results of the fourth national golden eagle survey that shows numbers of the bird of prey have increased to 508 pairs from 442 in the last survey in 2003. Experts say the figures show the golden eagle, regarded by many people as Scotland's national bird, is recovering to previous historic levels. 2017 Scottish Rural Awards launch at Holyrood // // Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:48:30 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards have officially launched at the Scottish Parliament. Marking the opening of nominations at a reception at Holyrood yesterday (Thursday 8 September), Rachael Hamilton MSP, Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Tourism and Small Business, hailed the Scottish Rural Awards as a great boost to Scottish rural enterprise. Addressing MSPs on their first week back in Parliament after the summer recess, Rachael Hamilton said: “I am honoured to be hosting tonight's Parliamentary reception on behalf of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and the Scottish Field to mark the launch of the Scottish Rural Awards 2017. It is with delight that we encourage the opportunity to acknowledge creative and innovative people, business, ideas and achievements. Scottish Countryside Alliance response to the Government’s announcement on tail docking // // Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:29 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) is pleased that legislation will be changed in Scotland to allow the docking of the tails of working spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies, on welfare grounds.  SCA director Jamie Stewart said: “We welcome this decision and the releasing of the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposal.  “An overwhelming majority, ninety two percent (92%), of respondents to the consultation agreed that vets in Scotland should be allowed to dock the tails of spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies if they believe on the evidence presented to them that they are likely to be used for working in future and that the pain of docking is outweighed by the possible avoidance of more serious injuries in later life.   The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the news as Scotland’s Red Kite numbers grow. // // Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:42:12 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the news as Scotland’s Red Kite numbers grow.     Scottish fox hunting law can be improved with minor amendments // // Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:50:12 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Much has been made in the press of the Police Scotland response to the Scottish Government appointed review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.  Police Scotland has confirmed that on occasion it has been unable to establish the high threshold of evidence required to prove and, ultimately, report cases to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. However what has not been reported is their further comment that the law is fit for purpose and significant improvements could be made to it without the need for considerable change to the legislation. Countryside Alliance and Moorland Association make case for grouse moor management // // Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:44:38 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News On the 18th October, the Countryside Alliance and the Moorland Association gave evidence at a Parliamentary inquiry into grouse shooting and grouse moor management. MPs on the Petitions Committee and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee heard experts give evidence on grouse shooting before they debate a petition in Parliament’s secondary chamber, Westminster Hall, on the 31st October. The oral evidence session and debate are in response to a petition, launched by Dr Mark Avery, calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned. Due to the petition reaching over 100,000 signatures it has been allocated parliamentary time for a debate. However, due to a surge in support for a counter-petition supporting grouse shooting the debate will not now be on banning driven grouse shooting, but on grouse shooting in general. SCA joins call for information on missing Golden Eagles // // Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:06:54 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Shooting Media reports surrounding the disappearance of eight of Scotland’s majestic golden eagles have raised concerns of illegal activity, although these are unconfirmed. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents shooting and conservation interests, will work with Police Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and other interested parties to stamp out any illegal persecution and is clear that finger pointing at the shooting community, based on no evidence, must be resisted.