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Rural Life

Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.
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Promoting
Shooting

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.
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Promoting
Hunting

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.
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Promoting
Angling

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.
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Statement on kangaroo meat

Monday, 28 April 2014

Statement from Jamie Stewart, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, on the inclusion of kangaroo steaks in our game meat box promotion.
“Our work with Kezie centred on the promotion of sustainably harvested British game and promoting an offer to our members.
"The inclusion of exotic meats was only agreed with the confirmation that the animals included were from managed wild or farmed sources. We have received reassurances that the meat is sourced from producers who abide by the legislation and code of practice.
“The meat is a product of legitimate and necessary wildlife management in exactly the same way that Scottish venison is the product of the management of our deer population."

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It’s ‘game on’ at the award-winning Colstoun Cookery School

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Politicians Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP will prove they are “game” to learn a new skill on Friday (4 April) when they take part in a cookery course at the Scottish Countryside Alliance Award-winning Colstoun Cookery School in Haddington, East Lothian.
Colstoun are the Scottish champions in the start-up category of the 2013 Awards and will travel to Westminster on 30 April to take part in the national finals.
In celebration they have invited Mr Gray, Ms O’Donnell, John Macmillan of East Lothian Council, Jamie Stewart and Charlie Shentall of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and Sarah Ingham, head-teacher of local school the Knox Academy, to get hands-on in the kitchen.

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E-petition on ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols

Monday, 31 March 2014

E-petition on ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols

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Comment on death of raptors in the Highlands

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Scottish Countryside Alliance is shocked and concerned by reports of the death of 13 birds of prey in 10 days in an area of the Highlands.
Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, Jamie Stewart said: “We fully support Police Scotland as they investigate this case and will wait for their results before jumping to conclusions as to what caused the death of these kites and buzzards.
“However we do not condone the actions of those who kill birds of prey and if it is proved that these birds were killed deliberately then we hope that those people responsible will feel the full weight of the law.

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NEW Scottish Countryside Alliance Meat Selection Box

Friday, 28 March 2014

NEW Scottish Countryside Alliance Meat Selection Box
The Scottish Countryside Alliance and the good folks at KEZIE have team up again to bring you a seasonal offer not to be missed… This mouth-watering selection of meats has been jointly hand-picked by the SCA team and our adventurous friends Kezie to include only the very best Exotic Game Meat.

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SCA Manifesto

SCA Manifesto

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Following a year of re-structuring and focus, the Scottish Countryside Alliance has published their aims, and intentions for the foreseeable future. With clear definition the SCA intend to use their considerable resources to to help strenghten Scotland's Rural Communities, their businesses, education and fieldsports - This document is designed as a discussion brief and all comments will be welcomed.
To download the pdf
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Dounby Butchers Orkney

And the Butcher Rural Oscar goes to.........

Thursday, 6 March 2014

If I have given the impression that the judging for the Scottish Countryside Rural awards had been difficult, I was being economical with the truth, it has been incredibly difficult and as we reach the butchers category, it just got harder

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