Tim Bonner

TIM BONNER: Grousing about class divide

Tim Bonner looks at the perceived elitism of grouse shooting and the benefits the sport brings to the rural economy  Over 600,000 of us shoot game every year in the UK and there are less than 500 grouse moors in

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Tim Bonner appointed chief executive of Countryside Alliance

Tim Bonner, the director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive. Sir Barney White-Spunner, the CA’s current Chief Executive, will be stepping down after the AGM in September, whereupon Mr Bonner will

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Facebook faux pas

Leading shooting organisations have been demanding the resignation of a Yorkshire Councillor over distasteful facebook comments following the death of game dealer Allan Ellis of Bacup.

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Conflict of principles

Tim Bonner fears an EU attempt to crack down on firearms crime will disproportionally hit legitimate gun owners, as targeting illegal weapons contradicts its own rules on free movement   Cecilia Malmström may not be a name you are instantly

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Marks and Spencer withdraws grouse from sale

High-street store Marks and Spencer has withdrawn plans to sell red grouse. A boycott had been threatened over allegations that grouse moor gamekeepers were illegally persecuting birds of prey, despite the fact that grouse was hugely popular when it went on sale in M&S stores

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Re-wilding Woes

Tim Bonner explains that, while the re-wilding theory has its good points, taking it to its conclusion is both impractical and potentially problematic   The debate surrounding re-wilding in Britain has been growing for some time now. As a result,

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Behind the headlines

When the ‘Bowland Betty’ autopsy report was released for analysis, Tim Bonner says there were elements that deserved further scrutiny There is nothing worse than a wild animal with a name. Remember the nonsense talked about an Exmoor red deer

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Sensitive Information

There are few things most Modern Gamekeeping readers value more than their firearms certificate and shotgun licence. Of course, in mixed company, we will put wives, girlfriends and offspring higher on the list, but there are few things that bring

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Everything in moderation

If you asked me what it is about the Countryside Alliance that is most valuable, and that I am most proud of, I would immediately answer ‘the battle against extremism’. Not, thankfully, the extremism of religious militants, but the equally

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Badger protestors target game shoot

Gamekeeper’s personal details posted on animal rights website in campaign of harassment and intimidation. Protesters used the badger cull as an excuse to target game shooting on the Forthampton Estate, near Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire. But Stop The Cull’s protest on

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