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Minister Poots confirms delay to pet travel checks

As restrictions continue to ease and we feel more confident to move around freely, people are starting to look to the summer and book travel across to Britain visiting family and friends or booking their next country sports trip or event. With that in mind CAI welcomes the announcement from…

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ROI EU Birds Directive Article 9 Derogations May 2021 to April 2022

Ministerial Declarations for the Period May 2021 to April 2022 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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Algae Weed Control offer Countryside Alliance members 10% off

Local business Algae Weed Control certainly is a fisherman’s friend when it comes to algae and aquatic weed problems. Algae Weed Control is a family owned business based in County Down. With over 20 years experience, they provide services to treat all sizes of ponds and lakes. Algae Weed Control…

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The next National Sport and Recreation Strategy must include the countryside

The Countryside Alliance has submitted evidence to the House of Lords Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation. The Committee requested evidence on how to remove barriers to participation in sport and recreation and facilitate more active lifestyles. The Committee will look at a wide range of issues including:…

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Covid-19 restrictions start to ease

Updated 16th April 2021 From Friday 23rd April, the following regulations will be in place: Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning (EATL) on an indoor and outdoor basis in gatherings of up to 30 people Competitive outdoor sport organised by a club, individual or individuals affiliated can take place, with participant numbers not exceeding…

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Charlie the rescue dog becomes the rescuer.

In 2004 Sam and Wendy Willoughby started the charity Gundog Rescue and Rehoming (GDR&R) with the aim of finding homes for unwanted gundogs of various breeds. For older dogs this may mean retirement homes but for younger dogs, homes where they will be able to meet the needs of the…

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Buying a puppy Paws for Thought

If you are thinking about  getting a dog, #PawsforThought and give it some proper consideration. Things to consider: Do you really know where your dog is coming from? Can you be sure that the dog isn’t from an illegal breeder or been stolen If you decide to get a dog,…

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Forest Service NI shooting leases 2021

CAI have been informed that an area will be offered by Forest Service NI for rough shooting for a three year lease. map26_2019ShootingGlenshane Interested parties should contact Patrick Irvine on 028 9335 2727 or by email p.irvine@jamcclelland.com A completed management plan/proposal (enclosed) must be completed and returned to J A…

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CAI full statement to ITV News.

Having seen just how far Mr Blair’s public consultation has been promoted through paid advertising around the world, questions and concerns are already being raised by the public as to how the views of the people of Northern Ireland can be distinguished from the rest of the world. When challenged…

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NI’s largest farming organisation launches blistering attack on proposed bill to ban hunting with dogs

NI Assembly Member, John Blair, has been accused of misleading the public over his proposed private members bill (PMB) to ban hunting with dogs, after his claim to have strong support from farmers has been challenged by Northern Ireland’s largest farming union the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). In a hard-hitting…

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