Field Sports

Field sports and your land 

If you allow country sports to take place on your land, knowledge of all aspects of the law concerning field sports is essential, from the perspective of both the sportsman and the landowner. Whether you participate yourself or simply allow sports to take place – you should be a member of the CLA.

Are you aware of your responsibilities?

Many landowners join the CLA to ask for impartial professional advice, to clarify where the law stands and to prevent expensive and often unnecessary court actions. Common areas of concern with country sports include: 

  • Game shooting – what important issues do you need to be aware of including safety of beaters and participants?
  • Hunting with hounds – which forms of hunting are permitted?
  • What are your legal obligations to the public as the landowner?
  • When is it safe and legal to cull deer?
  • Fishing – how do you buy and sell fishing rights?
  • Knowledge of the complex laws regarding the protection of wildlife is vital to most landowners.

Free advice for members

The law surrounding country sports can be a complex issue. If you become a member of the CLA you will receive free, independent professional advice – advice which is aimed at achieving the early and successful resolution of your problem and which normally far outweighs your cost of membership. (For many members the annual subscription costs less than one hour of a professional’s time.) 

CLA’s in-house team advises on countryside, planning, land use, legal and tax matters and our advisers are experts in their field; in addition, there are surveyors and regional advisers throughout the regions to help you at local level. 

As well as the advice CLA members can access, the majority of our members – whether they own a single acre or a thousand – benefit from our continuous work to change the law and reduce red tape. 

The CLA is at the forefront in lobbying for landowners to be allowed to control what happens on their own land.

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Protecting your best interests

The CLA is the only organisation working to influence Government solely on behalf of owners of rural land, property and business. There are many other organisations spending millions on lobbying to pursue their own agendas and all landowners, from the smallest acreage to the largest estate, need to act together vigorously to defend our interests. Nobody is doing more than the CLA to manage the impact on the value of land – both in the short and long term. 

Anyone who owns rural land will benefit from joining the CLA

We are effective at influencing decision makers at EU, national and local levels including ensuring that country sports, which have shaped the face of so much of our countryside, can continue for future generations. As a CLA member you can add your voice. In addition, you can receive advice and support that will help protect and enhance your assets. 

Whatever the value of your rural land, business and property interests, the CLA subscription represents only a fraction of its true value and is your best insurance for the future

 

CLA statement on buzzards decision

In response to Defra's decision to shelve research into predation of pheasant poults by buzzards, CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "It is vital a new research project is started as soon as possible. Shooting makes a major contribution to the rural economy and the natural environment with two million hectares actively managed for conservation.