Since the introduction of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 and Hunting Act 2004, it has been illegal to hunt any mammals, including foxes, with packs of hounds.

While traditional hunts with hounds still operate by laying and following scented trails, the Woodland Trust does not grant access permission to hunts to use or cross our land. In addition, we do not grant permission to access our land to retrieve hounds.

Therefore, the only reason a hunt would access or cross Woodland Trust land is if the route they are using is a public footpath, bridleway or road, which they are legally allowed to use, and runs through or adjoins Woodland Trust owned land.