Our position on shooting

View of the countryside

We protect and care for places so people and nature can thrive.

Authorisation for recreational game shooting may be granted by local properties where it can help us achieve our objectives for conservation and access and is carried out to best practice standards. All game shoots must comply with the industry ‘Code of Good Shooting Practice’ as well as various locally defined conditions set out in our licenses/leases. 

We continue to favour low intensity type shooting groups, often including our own local farming tenants. We regularly review our approach to ensure it is evidenced based, humane and safeguards local wildlife populations.

A badger on the cliff edge of the Pentire Farm estate on the Rumps Peninsula, North Cornwall

Our view on badgers and bovine TB 

The culling of badgers is not taking place on National Trust land. As a major landowner with many farming tenants, we understand how devastating an outbreak of bovine TB can be.

Parc Farm, Great Orme, North Wales

Our position on trail hunting 

We recognise that trail hunting is an issue that polarises people's opinions and provokes strong reactions.

A sheep leading its lambs through a meadow


As the UK's biggest land owner, we look after a lot of nature and wildlife. We strive to maintain our land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life.