CLA Countryside Photo Competition

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has launched a photo competition with a top prize of £1,000 aimed at showcasing the landscapes and people of the great British countryside. In addition to capturing beautiful and unique rural landscapes, the CLA, which represents more than 30,000 members across England and Wales, particularly wants to celebrate the people who make the rural economy tick. So it … Continue reading CLA Countryside Photo Competition

The Countryside is Disappearing

BY MERVYN SEAL There is a belief that the real world exists in the countryside, where nature goes about her quiet business, bringing us the greatest pleasure. However, swathes of pristine countryside and vital green fields are as in the past, and now, forever, in extreme jeopardy in Britain. My childhood education included the writings of the 18th Century born poet William Wordsworth. Family would … Continue reading The Countryside is Disappearing

The Torquay Pavilion Storm

CSM EDITORIAL Torquay has been a turbulent place of late, politically at least. Whether it’s alleged conflicts of interest or repeating votes of no confidence in elected officials based in the area, or planning bodies who run roughshod over wishes of local residents and ward councillors, one would wonder what advantages there are to a person, or their loved ones, in stepping up to get … Continue reading The Torquay Pavilion Storm

Scottish Hunting Consultation

BY NIGEL BEAN Here are my answers to the Scottish Hunting Consultation: 1.1. Do you think the definition of “to hunt” as provided in the 2002 Act should be more specifically defined? No, To change the wording is the Scottish Government signing up to the demands of animal rights fundamentalists. The fundamentalists are unhappy because they can’t prove out their money spinning campaigns because they … Continue reading Scottish Hunting Consultation

Rewilding – The Question People Are Not Asking

BY LINUS WOODS There are those days that life deals you a curve ball and you just do not know how to respond. You are simply struck square between the eyes and remain there, frozen in disbelief as to what has just happened. Thanks to social media, this is a pretty common occurrence for many of us. Apparently, conservation (the conservation that has kept the … Continue reading Rewilding – The Question People Are Not Asking

Gove, the Northern Forest & Beavers

BY DAVID EYLES Somewhat overshadowed by the recent and momentous Cabinet Reshuffle – and the news that Larry, the Number 10 Downing Street Chief Mouser, remains in post – was a little reported item that the ever eager and cherubic Michael Gove has worked a blinder. He has announced that millions will be spent in creating a new Northern Forest along the M62 corridor. So we will … Continue reading Gove, the Northern Forest & Beavers

BASC Questions Countryfile Comment

BY GARRY DOOLAN BASC has written to the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police to seek clarification of the force’s position on the medical involvement in firearms licensing following comments made on the BBC’s Countryfile programme. During the programme, a senior officer from the force insisted Lincolnshire would now operate a licensing process which falls outside guidelines issued by the Home Office in April 2016. Bill … Continue reading BASC Questions Countryfile Comment