A Statement from Shaftesbury Estate

Posted on 09.02.23

A Statement from Shaftesbury Estate

“Shaftesbury Estate was deeply shocked to learn about the news of former gamekeeper, Paul Allen, who recently pleaded guilty to firearms offences, possessing dead buzzards, and having unlicensed chemicals at his property. Paul was not employed by the estate at the time of this incident and is not permitted to work on the estate. We strongly condemn any form of raptor persecution and we do not condone illegal activity of any kind. 


The Estate places huge importance on conservation and supports a wide range of initiatives that protect wildlife and important habitats as shown in our annual ecological monitoring report (see link below). The Estate is proud of its rich biodiversity and has approximately 865 different species of flora and fauna. We are passionate about ensuring the Estate remains a haven for wildlife and biodiversity is protected long-term through careful stewardship and collaboration with conservation experts and different environmental organisations.


We fully support the efforts of Dorset Wildlife, RSPB, Forestry England, and the Roy Dennis Foundation (and many more) for the work they do in conservation and we share their passion for protecting wildlife.”