Yvette Cooper

Licence fees to rise under Labour

Shooters would have to pay “cost” price for their shotgun and firearms certificates if a Labour government is elected next year, according to shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. The shooting industry also needs to demonstrate its environmental sustainability and address public concerns over matters such as illegal raptor persecution, according…

anti poaching conference

Gamekeepers and police join forces to fight poachers

Gamekeepers joined wildlife crime officers from around the country to pool their experience and expertise at the UK’s first national anti-poaching conference on 11 September at JCB’s world headquarters in Staffordshire. The event, which was organised by the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and backed by the National Wildlife Crime Unit and…

hen harrier

Hen harrier petition passes 10,000 mark

The e-petition calling for DEFRA to publish the Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan has attracted more than 10,000 signatures. In August 2012, DEFRA asked moor owners, gamekeepers and conservation groups, including the RSPB and the GWCT, to work together to produce a plan for the restoration of the hen harrier…


Tesco scraps plans to shoot a wagtail

Natural England has granted the supermarket giant Tesco a special licence to kill a single wagtail trapped in one of its stores in Great Yarmouth — but, following an outcry, the supermarket chain has shelved its plan and instead turned to ornithologists for assistance in capturing the bird. A number…

raisthorpe manor sloe port

The UK’s first award-winning Damson Port revealed

Yorkshire drinks maker Raithorpe Manor won three gold stars at the recent 2014 Great Taste Awards for their unique Damson Port Liqueur after blind tasting. “Being awarded three stars is a huge achievement,” explained Tortie Farrand, spokesperson at the Great Taste Awards. “It means that the product has been blind…

golden eagle

Golden eagle report welcomed

Scotland could support up to 16 breeding pairs of golden eagles but habitat loss and climate change have caused populations to decline

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson misrepresented by BBC’s Countryfile

Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson MBE has criticised the BBC’s coverage of shooting in its flagship rural affairs programme, Countryfile. The double trap champion was interviewed for the 6 July episode of the programme, which announced the findings of the latest report on the economic, environmental and social worth of…