‘in­valu­able’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

When asked about the pe­ti­tion the Kent Wildlife Trust said that it “had to re­main neu­tral”.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive John Ben­nett said: “We recog­nise the level of con­cern re­flected in the scale of the re­sponse to this pe­ti­tion.

“In or­der to work with the widest pos­si­ble com­mu­nity we re­main neu­tral on the per­sonal po­si­tions of our 30,000 mem­bers, 1,056 vol­un­teers and trustees with re­gards to hunt­ing, fish­ing and field sports.

“We don’t al­low hunt­ing on our na­ture re­serves where we have con­trol of the shoot­ing rights.

“Wildlife Trusts like our­selves do raise con­cerns and chal­lenge as­pects of field sports and hunt­ing where they have a dam­ag­ing im­pact on the con­ser­va­tion of the county’s pop­u­la­tions of wild an­i­mals and plants.

“Mike Bax’s com­mit­ment to the trust over 30 years has proved in­valu­able in help­ing us to nur­ture th­ese re­la­tions, which over the last five years has seen us man­age and ad­vise on nearly 31,000 acres of land across Kent for the ben­e­fit of wildlife and the pub­lic.”

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