We are a week away from the Game Fair, that highlight of the country show calendar which brings with it the chance for country lovers to gather in celebration of all that is great about our countryside. With the Election behind us we are all now looking ahead and planning our next moves on the campaigning front. Central to that plan of action for the Countryside Alliance is our campaign for shooting. Our work focuses on promotion, defence - and your participation.
To that end, in the coming months you will see a variety of new advertisements featuring well known shooting supporters. These supporters, including comedian Alexander Armstrong, television presenter Phil Spencer and England Rugby League star Keiron Cunningham, are the stars of the first batch of adverts, focusing on the need to take action as our lawful shooting rights are eroded. You can view the Phil Spencer advertisement at www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/
Shooting does not face direct threat of total prohibition, however, we strongly believe that your lawful rights to shoot are being taken away bit by bit and we want to work harder to help you continue to enjoy shooting. Your support can and will make all the difference. Together we can defend and promote our wonderful sport now and for the next generation; our children and grandchildren who may never get the chance to enjoy what we have experienced if we are complacent.
On promotion, the Countryside Alliance is working hard for shooting on many levels. Our Game-to-eat campaign has had notable success in taking game to a whole new audience; our moorlands campaign has just held a series of open days across our Northern moorlands o showcase the important conservation work being done by land managers and keepers across this precious landscape; National Shooting Week has done a huge amount in its few short years to open shooting up to more people than ever before, and we have much, much more to do.
You can read our views on current issues lead shot, the Cumbria shootings and game rearing on our website's shooting campaign pages at http://www.shooting-alliance.org.uk
Ahead of the new season it is worth knowing that syndicates, clubs or any group of seven or more people can join at half price for just £20 per person for the first year. In the second year it will be full price, now just £40 per person. Individual membership is £28, half price for the first year, full price for year two. If you are under 25, we'll look after you for just £7.50 for the first year. Join us now by calling our membership team on 0207 840 9300 or visit http://www.shooting-alliance.org.uk
We hope you will join the Countryside Alliance for the battles ahead and, should you be at Ragley Hall next weekend, we look forward to speaking to you in our specially designed shooting lodge on stand A60.