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European hunters demand “higher environmental ambition” in the next CAP

EU Agriculture Council ministers met recently in Brussels to discuss the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020. For FACE, the CAP is a crucial support mechanism for agriculture and rural areas in Europe. However, the current CAP has a significant negative impact on the environment, biodiversity and…

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AFBI Deer Survey starts today

You will most likely be aware of the current bTB epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland. The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the…

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PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT LEAD IN ALL AMMUNITION REQUESTED BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The European Commission (EC) has requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare a restriction proposal addressing the risk to wildlife and humans (via the consumption of game meat) from lead in all ammunition (shot and bullets) including target shooting. Lead in fishing weights is also included in the request. The EC’s…

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‘Field of Dreams’ photography competition

The winning entry will win an amazing prize bundle from our fantastic competition partner Harkila– a Westfield mens jacket (RRP £250.00), Grove GTX boots (RRP £150.00), Glenmore Pullover (RRP £99.99) – ladies alternative available. To enter, use the form from the following link Form to send us your original ‘Field of Dreams’ photographs.…

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Republic of Ireland EU Birds Directive Article 9 Derogations

Ministerial Declarations for the Period May 2019 to April 2020 Under the terms of the EU Birds Directive, all EU member States, including Ireland, are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats. The Directive allows member States to make derogations from its protective measures where certain…

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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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