He said: “We are disappointed that the complaints framework requires three stages of complaint to the BBC before a complainant can take the complaint to Ofcom.
“Given the timescales for responding, it is likely that it could take several months before a complaint could be seen by Ofcom if the complainant were unhappy with the responses received from the BBC.
“We are not satisfied that this provides the expected level of oversight which Ofcom was intended to have in the new Charter.
“Complaints about other public broadcasters can be taken to Ofcom at an early stage in the complaints procedure, and ITV direct complainants to the Ofcom website to make initial complaints.”
Mr Bonner, who has repeatedly clashed with the BBC’s wildlife presenter Chris Packham, added that the alliance had “submitted a number of complaints to the BBC and BBC Trust over the past 18 months which have not been upheld”.
He added: “We would have welcomed the opportunity to pursue our complaints with Ofcom at the earliest possible opportunity in order for an external regulator to review the complaints independently.”
Sarah Lee, the alliance’s head of policy, added: “Making a complaint is an essential part of upholding the BBC editorial guidelines.
“It is vital that those wishing to make a complaint, which must include people in rural areas, and those who represent them, have a complaints framework which is accessible and clearly sets out the procedure for making a complaint.
“We are disappointed that Ofcom has been side-lined in the new complaints framework, which will mean that self-regulation of the BBC will continue.
“The new Charter was an opportunity to introduce more effective, independent regulation of the BBC, but sadly that opportunity appears to have been missed.”
A BBC spokesman said: “The Countryside Alliance have misconstrued this consultation, as it’s not in the power of the BBC or its complaints procedure to ‘sideline’ Ofcom.
“Ofcom’s role is set out by the Government and approved by Parliament in the Charter and Agreement which says clearly that the BBC should normally consider complaints in the first instance, but anyone will be free to go to Ofcom if they are not satisfied with the BBC’s response to editorial complaints.”
The BBC’s royal charter, which governs its work, requires the corporation to provide transparent, accessible, effective, timely and proportionate ways to resolve complaints.
It specifically allows the BBC to try to try to resolve complaints “in the first instance” before they are passed to Ofcom.