The Blindness of Zealots

BY JAMES BARRINGTON Asking what methods of wildlife management anti-hunting or anti-shooting groups actually support, as opposed to the activities they are keen to condemn, should always be part of any debate surrounding field sports. The usual response is either a deafening silence or an idealistic ‘leave it all to nature’. Practical examples of how these alternative models of the countryside might look tend to … Continue reading The Blindness of Zealots

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Great British Game Week

From November 25th to December 1st Great British Game Week will be celebrated.  In its sixth year, this promises to be the biggest Game Week yet, championing the finest wild game meat that Britain has to offer. Great British Game Week is a collaboration between the Countryside Alliance, the British Game Alliance and Taste of Game.  They are joining forces to promote game throughout the length … Continue reading Great British Game Week

Rural & Urban Church Crime

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE Criminals targeting Churches and religious buildings in the UK are responsible for over 20,000 crimes in under 3 years – a rate of 19 a day nationwide. A report carried out by the Countryside Alliance, released to members on Monday (4th November 2019), into lead theft and criminal activity on local Churches found 2, 605 cases of violence, 4,578 of criminal damage and … Continue reading Rural & Urban Church Crime

Countryside Alliance Attacked

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Recently the Countryside Alliance ran a survey to find out the extent of the abuse its members received online. They received 500 responses – 310 had received either death threats, photos of their children placed online alongside photos of their houses making the statement ‘we know where you live’. And the usual accusations of sadist, psychopath, bloodthirsty snob, child … Continue reading Countryside Alliance Attacked

No Compromise, No Appeasement

CSM EDITORIAL One of the comments left on the Mail on Sunday website this weekend in response to a Brexit article by Lord Lamont sums up the current mood amongst Brexiteers across the UK. There is real and mounting anger out there at the prospect of Theresa May sticking to her unpopular, half-in, half-out blancmange of a Brexit deal known as Chequers: “Those of us … Continue reading No Compromise, No Appeasement

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

The Rural Charter

CSM EDITORIAL Our friends over at the Countryside Alliance have produced a memorable election manifesto for 2017, which we highly recommend. The Alliance Manifesto can be downloaded here. The five top rural priorities outlined by the Countryside Alliance’s Rural Charter are summarised as follows: Make Brexit work for the countryside Buy British by supporting our farmers and producers Repeal the Hunting Act and recognise the … Continue reading The Rural Charter

In the Trenches of the Grouse Wars

BY LIAM STOKES The grouse wars were never a battle I wanted to fight. In a landscape as complex as ours, in which competing and contradictory interests are held in tension and resolved through constant dialogue, conflict is supremely unhelpful. There are, however, people who struggle with complexity, people who argue that complicated situations are actually simple situations made to appear complicated by an elite … Continue reading In the Trenches of the Grouse Wars