The Power of the British Countryside

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Any 21st Century British political party operating without a Countryside Spokesperson should take a long, hard look at themselves. Official figures show that the UK rural population will increase by 6 per cent over the next decade as people choose to leave cities and settle in the countryside. 17.4% of Britons live in rural areas – 11,337,632 people. Cities may seem to … Continue reading The Power of the British Countryside

What’s Rewilding & Who’s it for?

BY DAVID EYLES For some time now, I have been searching the fogs and mists in the outer reaches of the conservation movement in an attempt to give shape and meaning to the term Rewilding. In wrestling with the dream-like world of rewilding, the more I read, the more it becomes a fantasy built upon an illusion. Background There is a strange fluidity about the distinction … Continue reading What’s Rewilding & Who’s it for?

The Pointlessness of Public Consultations

BY NIGEL BEAN Did you know if I contribute to the latest public consultation in Scotland on the Wild Mammals Act (2002) it will be my fifth submission in two years to a UK government review? All these submissions I have made are to defend field sports and animals against animal rights fundamentalists. These fundamentalists are forever looking at ways to abuse and intimidate a … Continue reading The Pointlessness of Public Consultations

The Rural Pinch

BY NICK PEARCE Britain’s rural-dwelling heating oil customers are expected to really feel the pinch over winter months this year. Research by the price comparison website Boilerjuice has found that households in Britain’s rural communities spend nearly £3,000 a year more on everyday essentials – like petrol and groceries – than those living in towns and cities. The Boilerjuice research indicates that year-on-year rural inflation … Continue reading The Rural Pinch

How We Should Live With Predators & Prey

BY DR STEVE CARVER When Peter Glenser, Chairman of the BASC, wrote an article for Country Squire Magazine entitled “Custodians of the Countryside” back in November of last year I felt compelled to reply. The magazine’s editors were gracious enough to give me a “Right to Reply” for which I am grateful. A few weeks later, Liam Stokes, Head of Shooting Campaigns at the Countryside … Continue reading How We Should Live With Predators & Prey

An Open Letter to Michael Gove

BY DAVID EYLES   Open letter to the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 2nd October, 2017 Dear Mr Gove, As you are aware, Lynx UK Trust has recently submitted an application to Natural England for a licence to release Lynx into Kielder Forest. Archaeological and historical evidence suggests that Lynx died out in Britain sometime in … Continue reading An Open Letter to Michael Gove

Countryside & the Mind

BY RICHARD DEAN The Victorians recommended a brisk walk in the countryside or beside the sea for those who suffered from depression and melancholy. Now, it seems that research has proven their advice to be sound. Being outside in the countryside has huge benefits for people suffering with mental health issues, research reveals. A three-year study by experts at the University of Brighton has found … Continue reading Countryside & the Mind

Supporting the Rural Oscars

CSM EDITORIAL The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are returning for their 13th year and supporters of rural businesses are encouraged to nominate now. Thousands of nominations will be submitted honouring the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities. New to 2017 is a pub category, enabling you to celebrate your favourite rural local. … Continue reading Supporting the Rural Oscars