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Setting the Priorities for Hunting and Conservation in Europe

From 9-11 April 2019, the Royal Dutch Hunters’ Association – Koninklijke Nederlandse Jagersvereniging – hosted the 2019 FACE Members’ Meeting in the Netherlands. The main event was the first European Hunters’ Conference: ‘Wild’ challenges for hunting and conservation, where a series of high-level panels discussed the hottest topics facing European…

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Help prevent fuel theft with these useful tips

With the night’s drawing in, we urge you to remain vigilant against fuel theft in the countryside. A 1,000-litre tank can be drained within minutes and a tank that’s not properly protected will make an easy target for thieves looking to make some quick money.   Statistics show that of…

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Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague

Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today urged water users, both recreational and commercial to take precautions when visiting the River Blackwater catchment in Co Tyrone. The warning comes after some dead native white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes)…

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Countryside Alliance sets out 5 principles for new agricultural policy

The Countryside Alliance has set out five principles that should be at the heart of a new British agricultural policy to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.  The Government has been consulting on plans to introduce a UK policy framework for agriculture with specific policies for a new system of…

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Be Wildfire Aware

In 2017 the fire service attended over 2,072 gorse fires across Ireland. While the majority of gorse fires attended by the Fire & Rescue Services are started deliberately they can also be started unintentionally by thoughtless and careless behaviour. Both deliberate and accidental fires can cost lives and they are asking…

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Countryside Alliance Show How Rural Activities Can Lead To Health Benefits

The Countryside Alliance has told a Government inquiry how taking part in rural activities such as fishing, hunting or shooting sports has shown to provide a positive impact on social mobility, education, health, and community engagement. The Countryside Alliance submitted written evidence on the positive role rural sports can have…

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Compulsory CRRU-IASIS Wildlife Aware Certification

Trained Professional Users of Rodenticides must register with Dept of Agriculture by 31 December 2017 and must have CRRU-IASIS Wildlife Aware Certification Newly introduced requirements for those offering rodent pest management services require that Trained Professional Users (PMUs) offering such service register with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the…

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Guidance on Avian Influenza for Hunters

Introduction Hunting associations and wildlife authorities should be aware that H5N8 and other avian influenza viruses might be present in waterfowl hunted during the migratory season. No human cases of the avian influenza H5N8 subtype currently circulating, or other viruses of this subtype, have been reported.   However hunters are…

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Red Grouse conservation in Ireland

The prime objective of the IRGACT is the conservation of red grouse by empowering and helping local conservation projects on the ground while working with other NGOs and Government organisations in promoting the cause at the national level. The rural community rallied behind the Trust, with support gained from farming…

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