BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Can the shooting community please stop their outpouring of misplaced guilt at the death of a Hen Harrier caught in an illegal trap on a grouse moor and reported by the RSPB? Yes, it is unfortunate a Hen Harrier was killed in an illegal trap and let’s hope they catch the culprit, but until they do will the shooting … Continue reading Shooting Community Must Wake Up
BY PAUL NEWALL When I was a child, the countryside was front and centre in my life. There was Boston’s farm literally at the end of my street where I was despatched every morning with a little milk churn in hand to buy raw milk. This practice continued until my teens when my Mum got mastitis and blamed the milk (wrongly in my father’s opinion) … Continue reading Is the Countryside a Zoo?
BY NICK PEARCE Organisations including the Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA), CLA, NFU and Countryside Alliance have teamed up to demand changes ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, which sets future budgets for Government departments. One of the key priorities set out by the alliance is ensuring all decision-making processes are properly rural-proofed. In a letter to Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the … Continue reading Excellent Rural-Proofing Requests
CSM EDITORIAL The Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress in May identified that the countryside is becoming a healthcare desert. Some rural patients are forced to take £100 taxi rides to make outpatient appointments at their nearest hospitals. The closure of small rural hospitals and GP practices is meaning larger and larger gaps in services. The chances of a ‘digital first’ NHS are also extremely … Continue reading The Rural Healthcare Desert
BY JAMIE FOSTER The latest outbreak in the war between the town and the countryside was caused by Natural England rescinding the general licence for shooting pest species of birds after campaigning by anti-shooting group Wild Justice headed up by Chris Packham. The rescinding of the general licence has left farmers and landowners in the lurch with no way of controlling predatory species such as … Continue reading Town V Countryside?
EDITOR I was warned. I did not expect much from Thursday’s reaching out to the anti-hunt crowd via my message to them in my capacity as Editor of Country Squire Magazine. I had been warned by readers that the anti-hunt contingent were aggressive and incapable of civilised conversation. Still, I reached out, as this magazine is neither pro-hunt nor anti – it is a platform … Continue reading Well That Went Well
THE EDITOR When I became the Editor of Country Squire Magazine in November 2016, I sat down with my colleague – hunt-savvy Jamie Foster – and created an About Us section for the magazine website. We were keen to have the magazine become a platform for the whole countryside. The words we chose were the following: “We at Country Squire Magazine hope to reflect the … Continue reading A Note to the Antis
CSM EDITORIAL The House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee report published over the weekend is to be welcomed. The extent to which rural economies have been run down by years of urban-focused policies, overseen by governments of all colours, is well exposed by the report and the Government must pay attention to its findings. It says rural communities have been ignored and underrated, and that the “clear … Continue reading Rural Communities Ignored
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ What have Sven Van Hasselt, Greta Thunberg and Chris Packham got in common? They are fanatical campaigners and, incidentally, they all have Asperger’s syndrome. And that’s the part we just don’t understand, we in the UK have gone to great lengths and expense to investigate, diagnose and better inform the medical profession on certain types of conditions and disorders. … Continue reading Prejudiced Purgers