Ashridge trail hunting cancellation

Frost covering Meadleys Meadow Ashridge Herts

After careful consideration, we have cancelled the trail hunting licence which was issued for the Trinity Foot and South Herts Beagles to hunt at the Ashridge Estate.  

We have concluded on reflection that the area is not a suitable location to licence trail hunting given the extensive deer management programme which takes place simultaneously.  After careful assessment, we have concluded that conducting the two activities at the same time on the Ashridge estate is not compatible. 

We recognise that this decision is unwelcome news for the Trinity Foot and South Herts Beagles and ideally we would have reached this decision before the season started.  Equally, there is no suggestion they have done anything wrong. But in the case of Ashridge we have concluded that our essential conservation work and securing the safety of visitors and contractors has to take precedence.

Deer management is an essential piece of conservation work that takes place at this time of the year every year, and so we will not be inviting applications to trail hunt at Ashridge in future.