forestry england campaign

Until 2020 the Forestry England has allowed ‘trail hunts’ to use their land.

These licences are currently suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation into the leaked hunting office webinars.

We are calling for these suspensions to be made permanent and for hunting to be banned on all Forestry England land indefinitely.

The lie that is ‘trail hunting’ has been well and truly exposed and you can read more about the leaked webinars and trail hunting here.


Forestry England is responsible for managing and promoting the nation’s forests owned by the Government of the United Kingdom. However, what many people do not realise is that Forestry England gives permission for ‘trail hunts’ to use its land.

For the most recent full hunting season (2019/20), Forestry England gave hunting licences for 34 fox & hare 'trail hunts'. Despite hunting wild mammals with dogs being illegal, two of the licensed/previously licensed trail hunts have been associated with convictions under the Hunting and Animal Welfare Acts.

Other licensed fox hunts have recently been in the press for alleged trespass, killing foxes, losing control of their dogs & for another criminal conviction. A saboteur was severely injured at a hunt in early September that ordinarily receives a licence from Forestry England.

It is only a matter of time before more convictions and more bans will have to be implemented. The answer is simple and effective - stop granting licences to hunts that are continuing to use the myth of ‘trail hunting’ to chase and kill wildlife.

In October 2020 Keep The Ban launched a petition calling on Forestry England to stop granting licences for hunts.

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