Shooting groups help shape EU firearms review

BASC and the Countryside Alliance (CA) have argued for a review of proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive, in a recent meeting with MEP Vicky Ford, who is leading the European Parliament’s scrutiny of the proposals. Plans to tighten European gun laws were made following the shootings at the Charlie…

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Supermarkets up their game – literally

Marks & Spencer and Sainsburys have put in orders with Yorkshire Game, Aldi has made a deal with Highland Game and Iceland are selling grouse from Scottish Kezie Foods. Morrisons have even launched a new brand – Wild as Nature Intended. It is certainly a market that supermarkets cannot fail…

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Labour failing to attract rural dwellers warns report

Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance commented on Twitter: Hope Labour reacts to this by increasing engagement with rural people, not ignoring them https://t.co/is3d3XCtBO pic.twitter.com/QiAMdrOvXK — Tim Bonner (@CA_TimB) January 21, 2016 In a further statement to Shooting UK, Tim Bonner added: “The last election saw the countryside…

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What’s coming up in 2016 for the shooting and countryside community?

Lindsay Waddell, chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation If the past is any sort of indicator of the future, 2016 will be a busy year for the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO). The list of major issues that might alter how we go about our jobs grows ever longer by the day.…

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Shooting groups unite to condemn law-breaking shoots

Countryside organisations have condemned inland shoots that are breaking the law by using lead shot for wildfowl, and have appealed to DEFRA to help identify and prosecute those responsible. Representatives from eight groups, including BASC and the Countryside Alliance, signed a letter to DEFRA secretary of state Elizabeth Truss MP. Some inland…

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Shooters dismiss claims eating game lowers IQ

Countryside organisations have hit back at claims that eating game meat can lower a child’s IQ level. The claims relating to the negative impact of lead consumption on human health were made in a recently published report detailing the findings of last year’s Oxford Lead Symposium. The section, Risks of health…

High Court overrules Natural England in gamekeeper buzzard licence battle

Today, Friday 13th November 2015, has been a lucky day for gamekeeper Ricky McMorn. The Judicial Review at the High Court has quashed Natural England’s refusal to grant him a licence to control buzzards, a battle that has been going on for four long years. Giving his judgement today Mr Justice…

More rural support coming

All four UK governments have now pledged increased support for rural communities following separate announcements in recent weeks. In England — which was granted around £3billion for its Rural Development Programme (RDP) in February — chancellor George Osborne and environment secretary Elizabeth Truss jointly authored the paper “Towards a one…

Lead Ammunition Group slammed after leak of “anti-lead” report summary

The Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) has been criticised for a perceived anti-lead bias, following the publication on its website of a letter from group chairman John Swift, summarising the findings of the as-yet unpublished or peer-reviewed LAG report. The correspondence is a copy of the cover letter, dated June 2015,…

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Balaclava battle: campaign seeks to unmask anti-hunt thugs

The Countryside Alliance has launched an online campaign to unmask anti-hunt thugs and put an end to their intimidation of rural people. The Alliance is urging people to write to their Police & Crime Commissioners and MPs to make sure that police forces have the procedures in place allowing them…

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Sir Barney White-Spunner interview

Robert Cuthbert: Have you managed to get out much this season? Sir Barney White-Spunner: “I’ve had a couple of days but not a huge amount. Generally, I shoot around eight to 10 days a year. I’ve shot some lovely partridges in Wiltshire. I really do love shooting partridge on a…