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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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Ardross Farm Shop

And the Local Food Rural Oscar goes to.........

Thursday, 6 March 2014

On paper this should be one of the easiest categories, shouldn’t it? We can all judge good local food with some authority can’t we?I have to say that in the end it came down to the glowing reports from both the customer nominations and the judges who visited and experienced the service first hand. 

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Start Up Champions Colstoun Cookery School

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

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Our Scottish Champions, have redefined the traditional take on cookery schools. The warm farmhouse kitchen and wide variety of game and local produce prevails but gone are the floral tabards and the Rosie cheeked damsels; more two young men than two fats ladies… 

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And the Village Shop or Post Office Rural Oscar goes to.........

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Scottish Champion Village Shop-Post Office winners Gargunnock Village Store showed a great desire to breathe life back into a community that had all but given up on itself. 

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