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Heritage: A fresh start in the land where eagles dare

It was bought by an American billionaire for his wife because it was near Balmoral. But as Stephen Goodwin reports, the nation has had to intervene to save the huge Mar Lodge estate in the Cairngorms

Hunters scent blood over stag ban

Deer hunters claimed victory over the National Trust last night even though they failed in a High Court bid to lift a ban on staghunting in Devon and Somerset.

Medicine: Deer could hold key to bone disease

Deer antlers, and the unusual way they grow, could provide valuable clues for scientists investigating brittle bone disease in humans.

'Wolf' eyes to scare deer away from roads

Experiments are taking place with reflectors which emulate the menacing glare of a hunting wolf to save deer from accidents by frightening them away from roads at night.

Hunters lose track over Trust land

Stag hunters were yesterday stopped from pursuing the National Trust through the High Court over its decision to ban deer hunting on its land.

Letter: Hunting: our last true sport

Sir: Your leading article of 11 July misrepresents the National Trust's position on hunting. The National Trust has not banned hunting in general. The National Trust's council decided not to renew licences to hunt deer on its land in the West Country, having received clear-cut scientific evidence that deer suffer far less when culled by shooting than they do when hunted with hounds. Hunting of all kinds on National Trust land is regulated by a system of licences which must be renewed annually. The Trust will continue to issue licences to hunt animals other than deer.

Not half so dear

Foreign, cute, and eating up our woodlands: muntjac are a big problem.

Little to grouse about

Country: Radical action, including the culling of deer, has ensured that endangered birds are thriving in Speyside

Stay of execution for the Quantock staghunt

The Quantock Staghounds may be able to overcome the threat to the hunt's survival which a National Trust ban on their sport threatens. They are expected to approach a neighbouring staghunt to ask if they can use some of their terrain to hunt over.

Letter: No justification for deer hunt

I Can hardly believe now that 40 years ago I was a committed member of the New Forest Buckhounds, chasing deer enthusiastically across woodland and heath. The other day out walking my dog in the same area, I was overtaken by a large buck in the last stages of exhaustion. His head was hanging down, his tongue hanging out, his eyes bulging, his breath coming in gasps. There was no sign yet of the hunt but he knew they were gaining on him. It was an unforgettably horrible sight.

Man - the most ruthless predator of all

Do we need a world authority on animal behaviour to tell us that hunting deer by hounds is cruel, as Patrick Bateson of Cambridge University reported this week? Well yes, for it was not obvious to everybody. Indeed, many of the hunters are reportedly shocked by the discovery of Professor Bateson and Oxford biologist Elizabeth Bradshaw, that deer which have been chased are hideously traumatised; far more than those shot by stalkers or killed by traffic - or killed by predators in the wild.

Farmer who is glad to see the last of the hunt

Not all country people support blood sports

National Trust drives out stag hunting

The National Trust's ruling council voted unanimously yesterday to ban stag hunting on its land after a scientific report it had commissioned concluded that the chase caused extreme suffering and exhaustion to their deer.

How it feels to be hunted to death

A ground-breaking scientific study has reached the conclusion that many unscientific animal-lovers have long believed in - that an animal hunted by humans and hounds goes through a long, dark agony of fear, stress and utter exhaustion.
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