The fieldsports community was surprised to learn that the League Against Cruel Sports has paid £160,000 for 48 acres of woodland in Somerset. The League outbid a local shooting club at an auction in Taunton last week.

A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance on Exmoor said: ?It seems a very strange purchase by the League Against Cruel Sports as the Devon and Somerset Staghounds do not hunt this wood, it does not hold deer and as far as we know, no-one else goes near Brockhole Woods.? The woods are near the League?s existing and controversial ?deer sanctuary? at Baronsdown, which it set up after it started buying land on Exmoor in the 1960s.

The rest of this article appears in 27th October issue of Shooting Times.

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