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British Horse Council issues manifesto for general election
The manifesto summarises key priorities in the sector which would benefit from government support.

Parliamentary candidates urged to recognise scope of equine sector

The British Horse Council (BHC) has released a new manifesto outlining the importance of the British horse sector to the 2019 election.

Representing the collective voice of the horse world, the BHC reminds parliamentary candidates of the scale of the equine sector, consisting of around 4.4m potential voters, made up of 1.3m people who ride regularly and 3.1m who would like to ride again. This sector is also the second largest rural employer after agriculture; contributing an estimated £8bn pounds to the UK economy.

The manifesto summarises key priorities in the sector which would benefit from government support. These include:

  • The promotion of riding as great physical activity
  • Protecting against infectious diseases
  • Ensuring the continued availability of veterinary medicines
  • Licensing equine sanctuaries and rehoming centres
  • Encouraging the growth of the British horse industry and protecting those who work within it

In regards to any future arrangements with the EU, the manifesto asks candidates to recognise the skilled labour needs of the sector and ensure the smooth movement of horses with high health status.

Chair of the BHC David Mountford said: “Our manifesto is a punchy summary of the areas that are of vital importance to us within the equine sector. We aim to make as many people as possible aware of the scope of our industry, the horse’s contribution to society and the things we would like newly elected parliamentarians to focus on when they first step into office.”

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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at until 30th August 2020.