8th March ’19 – Ledbury Hunt

*** fox hunted across busy B-road by Ledbury Hunt ***

Friday 8th March 2019
Ledbury Hunt
Hunter’s Inn, Buckbury

Last Friday meet of the season! The hunt were found hunting a fox right near the pub and across the B4211. Then it was the usual draw around the Forthampton Estate. A fox was hunted around Voulter’s wood with intervention from sabs slowing down the pack.

Also yesterday BBC Hereford and Worcester broadcast a discussion / debate about hunting between one of our sabs and ‘Dan’, who works in hunt service.

The link is:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p070qc5d?fbclid=IwAR2zwJWJm2emymoOArdNjG6KqFgn9apg0pAbotj6rUq7d6uANXJygVOOQk0

… it starts 20 minutes in and is heard throughout the programme.

We are getting near the end of the season here now – phew! Please continue to support what we do. The info, donations and sharing of posts is amazing. We have just reached 18,000 likes this week :) and are coming up to around 100 days out at hunt meets (not including days out fighting the cull or sett surveying!

5th March ’19 – CVFH

Tuesday 5th March 2019
Cotswold vale Farmer’s Hunt
Norton

Car still poorly but the buses were running so this meet was attended thus. Not much happened until they hunted through Prior’s Grove and Barrow Wood and it sounded as though that fox went to ground and they left him to carry on hunting.

Later at the back of Benge’s Farm the pack rioted on deer. There was no whipper-in where there should have been and so a sab’ interceded and stopped the hounds before they were eventually called back.

Yesterday was spent with Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch at the Beaufort meet, Chavenage. They write really good reports so we will just share that when it comes :)

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2nd March ’19 – Worcestershire Hunt

*** 3 blocked setts at the Worcestershire hunt ***

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Worcestershire Hunt
Lower Bentley Farm
Near Redditch

The car is poorly but the buses still run, and kindly folk give lifts and so one of us turned up to keep an eye on the Worcestershire hunt in an area of concern – we have been told that setts in the general area are at risk.

Huntsman Roderick Wilson was seen drawing a covert near to the meet; sure enough a freshly blocked sett with quad bike tracks next to it was found! Another 2 setts were also found to be blocked during the meet. A very healthy latrine found in a very strange shape.

All documented, passed on to local badger groups and West Mercia police informed of the breaches of the 1992 Badger Act, all of which are criminal offences in their own right and evidential re: the fact that the Worcestershire are hunting foxes and breaching the Hunting Act too.

The entire field were addressed regarding “unwelcome guests” and to mind their Ps and Qs. They then ran away… all in all as though they were a bit nervous about being caught out. Many miles covered today – around 12 on foot.

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1st March ’19 – Ledbury Hunt

Friday 1st March 2019
Ledbury Hunt
Stonebow Farm
Ashleworth

They came out of the back of the farm and up Barrow Hill drawing some rough patch first. One whipper in was making lots of noise making sure that a fox did not break covert near the sab’ filming. The fox headed north with the hounds in full cry after him. 5 minutes later he was seen coming back to where they had found him.

With no hounds in sight his line was sprayed generously with citronella until 2-3 minutes later the pack was heard bang on his line… until they were rated and got to where the citronella was sprayed where they stopped, befuddled.

Mark, the huntsman, was on the other side of the fence and seemingly allowing hounds to cast themselves at this check. A few voice calls lifted their heads and so he gathered them and took them away back to where the fox was heading. Down the hill. Back again. Re-drew where he first found the fox. But to no avail.

After this disappointment they went to Corse Hill, Corse Grove, over to Tirley and Haw Bridge (again they were only there last week!) and through the water meadows at Ashleworth finishing at 5pm.

No badger setts that were checked found to be blocked :) Between our sett-blocking patrols and police having stern words with hunts and landowners we’ve had a huge impact on the hunts!

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22nd February ’19 – Ledbury Hunt

*** blocked sett at Ledbury Hunt meet * suspected bagged fox released to be hunted ***

Friday 22nd February 2019
Ledbury Hunt
Forthampton

First of all pre-hunt checks revealed one blocked sett which was attended by Gloucestershire police officers who were out keeping an eye on the hunt.

An enormous meet followed with lots and lots of Irish visitors, no doubt here for the Golden Button challenge on Saturday 23rd Feb. Lots of people falling off and ambulances… our first aid skills were not required we are glad to say.

They hunted around Sarn Hill and Forthampton Court. Later at Chaceley as the Irish contingent lined a bank, the terriermen were seen rushing around suspiciously. Soon a fox was seen running for his life and doing what hunted foxes do – run through livestock, in this case sheep and a pony, to hide his scent. Field sab’ waited quietly for him to pass before running in, spraying and rating the hounds off of his line, sucessfully as it happened.

Car sab’ witnessed the poor creature trying to get through a fence running up and down it, almost as though this fox did not know the territory… Huntsman Mark Melladay arrived and continued to encourage hs hounds after the fox and later he put them in through a pile of old tin and rubbish… hmmm – funny old trail that!

They then went to Haw Bridge but found nought there. Pack up by 16.30

Video from the archive: 30th January ’19 (NCH)

30th January 2019… hunt staff and hounds from the Bicester with Whaddon Chase came down to the North Cotswold Hunt’s country to hunt for the day alongside a handful of North Cots riders and supporters. Sabs had been out on foot with them all day when another was driving back from work and detoured through the area.

Hunt supporters didn’t recognise her at first and the supporter in this video shouted “Tally Ho” and pointed to indicate to hunt staff that he had seen a fox. Hounds were drawing through the wood to the right of the road and the fox had run across to the wood on the left. The rider, who was on point at a corner of the woods, rode up towards other hunt staff to alert them.

The sab followed and covered the line of the fox with a citronella spray – the rider told her that he had gone to stop the hounds from following the fox (but he did nothing when hounds were speaking within the trees and he didn’t even slow down traffic). The hunt supporter’s wife told us that they had been pointing out deer crossing the road because they thought ‘it was interesting’… sheltered life or blatant lie?

After some discussion, hunt staff decided that ‘trails had been laid’ at some point sometime earlier in the day somewhere in the area and that they would take hounds round to try and pick up on the scent (of the fox) anyway. The fox had been given a good few minutes to make his escape by this point.

Very cocky behaviour considering hunt supporters and hunt staff knew that sabs were nearby, but it shows the arrogance (and stupidity) of the hunts…

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20th February ’19 – North Cotswold Hunt

*** North Cotswold Hunt actually hunting their own country * hounds mark to ground in active badger sett * presence of sabs prevents dig-out ***

North Cotswold Hunt
20th February 2019
Honeybourne / Weston Subedge area

The hunt met near Long Stretch Farm near Honeybourne. The meet was smaller than usual, but for the first time in weeks it was actually the North Cotswold pack – recently we’ve seen / heard reports of the Oakley, Bicester, Crawley and Horsham, United Pack and probably others coming into the area to hunt the country with their own hounds and only a handful of North Cots regular riders. Any info. on why this might be would be greatly appreciated!

The hunt moved off just after 11am and headed to a nearby (old) railway line where we know them to pick up on the scent of foxes when they hunt the area. Sure enough, one fox was scared out of hiding and towards the pack by a hunt member who was lurking on the line with his quad bike… hounds noticed the fox, but luckily for him they continued searching for scent instead of giving chase – we’ve heard rumours that huntsman Ollie has no idea what he’s doing and how to train hounds, but it’s a first for us watching fox and hounds look at each other from only a hundred or so yards away and for hounds to not even speak to him.

This doesn’t mean that they can’t or won’t kill or give chase, as we have seen plenty of times this season, and hounds did speak briefly on the scent of a second fox who we spotted just moments later on the railway line. They were easy to rate (tell off) and huntsman took them out of the area due to sab presence shortly after, despite attempts by supporters to point out the location of the foxes and alert huntsman with shouts of “gone away”.

Other supporters seemed more interested in commenting on how “fit” they thought sabs were, sadly with female riders finding the sexist and misogynistic comments amusing. One of our sabs asked a female rider why she was filming her standing still on a footpath and a male rider replied that the sab was being filmed for him… “it’s for me. It’s your ass”.

The hunt carried on down to Weston Subedge, then back up through the land and towards Norton Hall. Another sab had joined us by this time and dropped one of us inland as hounds could be heard marking to ground (indicating that a hunted fox has sought shelter underground). As she got closer, it was obvious that they were marking at an active badger sett, terriermen and someone claiming to be a landowner all standing by as hounds moved on.

With a second foot sab descending on the group just seconds later (despite being reversed at by a hunt supporter in a pick-up with reg. number J8 NHW), terriermen finally chose to leave the area and therefore leave the fox and the sett alone. Sabs checked on the sett again later in the day to ensure it was untampered with and further checks will be done tomorrow to ensure no one went back to it.

The hunt continued to hunt through the area, heading near to a large woodland, but decided to just draw a few smaller coverts and hedgelines before heading back to the meet and packing up not long after 3pm… very unusual – even if Ollie has finally figured out that hunting and trying to find hounds in the dark is a bad idea, he packed up well before dark with very few hunt supporters looking like they’d enjoyed their day!

A bit of trespass, marking to ground, riding non-road-legal quad bikes which stink of fox, some push and shove and some riding at sabs… all in a normal day out for the North Cotswold Hunt.

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16th February ’19 – update

*** Gloucestershire police caution for man for hitting 3C sab’ as Beaufort hounds hunt through gardens in Tetbury * North Herefordshire Hunt damage public and private property in Leysters ***

The incident at the Beaufort happened back in December and the man concerned has admitted hitting one of us. The sab’ had a bruise on her chin and is happy with the outcome and with the police acting on the evidence supplied. Of course, if he does it again, he will not get away with a caution again. Hopefully he, and indeed others, will learn, but we doubt it…

As for today, not going to bother will a full report… that sort of day. Suffice to say, an unknown pack came into north Cotswold Hunt country and hunted from Blockley on the Northwick estate, then over to where they practically live. The Heythrop were within spitting distance and it is a wonder that they didn’t crash into one another. Any fox escaping one hunt could have run into the other.

Meanwhile the North Herefordshire Hunt were reported to have shown their arrogance to locals once again. “We were devastated to see the North Herefordshire Hunt & supporters driving quad bikes and vehicles over the emerging daffodils in Leysters today. Despite pointing out the emerging greenery and the ‘warning’ sticks guarding the rows and a call to the Hunt, no-one would remove themselves or take action. The kennel man put the phone down on us. The community raised the money and helped with the planting of 6,000 bulbs to boost native pollinator life and enhance the enjoyment of nature for locals and visitors”.

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15th February ’19 – Ledbury Hunt

*** 4 blocked badger setts, huntsman blatantly encouraging hounds onto a fox, threats and vandalism ***

The day started pleasantly enough with the gentleman who usually collects the car cap trying his luck with us again… alas he did not suceed in his quest. A less polite, in fact a somewhat strange individual, came up to the car and threatened us a bit later…

At Hill End the hounds did start to pick up in front of us. To our suprise the huntsman Mark Melladay suddenly rode off leaving some bewildered hounds behind!

They then went into their favourite haunt… the Stanks and later crossed over to the Queenshill area where they repeatedly trespassed just a few weeks ago. We had found 4 blocked setts by the time they started drawing Long Covert.

Hounds were clearly being encouraged on and a fox broke covert, running through Heath Hill Farm. Mark nearly rode into one sab’ and the barbed wire fence behind them. We sadly did not get there in time to stop them and could not call them back and Mark continued to encourage them on…

Thankyou to the lovely sab from Bristol Hunt Saboteurs who joined us today.

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30th January ’19 – North Cotswold Hunt

It seems the North Cotswold Hunt have invited the Bicester down to hunt their country and learn the ways of hunting until way after dark and riding overloaded quads down public roads with no tax, insurance, MOT…

Two of us have been out all day with the hunt and a third was well-placed when driving home from work to witness a hunt supporter yell ‘Tally Ho!’ and inform a rider on point that he had seen a fox crossing from Welshman’s Hedge Wood (where we filmed a fox chase earlier in the season at the NCH).

Bicester pack and whipper-in were in control for most of the day with some supporters and riders from the NCH so it was a joint meet of some sort… wonder what’s going on there though. They spent most of the day hunting Lidcombe Wood and Shenberrow Hill. Round and round.
Video to follow. Sabs have just come out from inland as the hunt were out way after darkness fell. On these icy roads, which are likely to get worse as it gets colder, we’d have thought an earlier pack up would be sensible to ensure horse boxes could get back safely…

Idiots.

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