Our position on whale hunting  😉


[ A seasonal spoof, with Boxing Day looming. We chose whales because the Trust’s hypocrisy over fox hunting is beyond parody. ]


We have further enhanced our approach to managing and monitoring whale hunts on our land. Our changes include creating a national Whale Hunt Management Team and introducing formal monitoring of whale hunts to enable us to further safeguard our commitments to both conservation and access.

Whale hunting has been outlawed in England and Wales and National Trust land is no exception but the law does allow what is known as Friendly Whale Hunting. This involves people on foot or horseback following a whaley scent along a pre-determined route with hounds or beagles. It effectively replicates a traditional whale hunt but without a whale being chased, injured or killed. [Ed: haha!]

We believe the overwhelming majority of friendly whale hunts act responsibly, and we hope our clear, robust, and transparent set of conditions will allow participants to enjoy this activity in compatibility with our conservation aims. Any activity associated with the term ‘whale hunting’ continues to provoke strong emotions and we recognise our reforms will not satisfy everyone. But our charity was also established for the nation’s benefit and to provide the widest spectrum of public access and enjoyment.