Further consultation on proposals to vary firearms licensing fees

Paul Pringle and Ashley Graham
Paul Pringle and Ashley Graham

The debate continues in respect of the ‘Consultation on Proposals to Vary Firearms Licensing Fees and Other Miscellaneous Amendments to the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004’.

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) has received an invitation from the Department of Justice to respond to the minister’s proposals that were recently delivered to the Justice Committee.

Although the department will engage further with stakeholder representatives, they feel that a wider view on the issues is required and they have asked CAI to inform their members of these proposals. As such, CAI will be making a formal submission and we would like you to send us your thoughts and views in order that they may be included in our final submission.

To view the department’s proposals go to www.caireland.org. If you would like to send us your comments, please email jenny@caireland.org by Friday 25 July 2014 at the latest.

Ashley Graham 
Receives Prestigious Award at Irish Game Fair

The Irish Game Fair at Shane’s Castle was blessed with fantastic weather and attracted record crowds over the weekend of 28 and 29 June 2014.

Countryside Alliance Ireland’s Ashley Graham, was the deserving recipient of ‘Lifetime Commitment Award’ presented at the launch of the fair which took place on Thursday 26 June.

Paul Pringle presented Ashley, who has been a key member of the CAI team for 13 years, with the Award.

To view photos from the Game Fair and other events have a look at CAI’s Facebook page.

Appeal to Country Sports Enthusiasts for Sightings as Barn Owl Numbers Plummet

Ulster Wildlife has launched an appeal for sightings of one Northern Ireland’s most threatened birds – the barn owl and is asking country sports enthusiasts for their assistance. 

Last year, the barn owl suffered its worst breeding season in over 30 years and now the charity fears that numbers in Northern Ireland may have plummeted.

Ulster Wildlife would like any sightings to be reported to Catherine Fegan at Ulster Wildlife on 028 4483 3977 or email barnowls@ulsterwildlife.org. 

All information will be treated sensitively and can be kept confidential on request.  To find out more about barn owls in Northern Ireland and Ulster Wildlife’s work to secure the future of this threatened bird, visit www.ulsterwildlife.org/barnowl.