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Wildlife and game
Who owns the countryside?
  1. Alick Simmons
  1. Vinces, Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0JB
  1. e-mail: alicksimmons{at}

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It is gratifying to see the report of my talk at the British Veterinary Zoological Society conference (VR, 21 October 2017, vol 181, p 411) stimulate corresponde nce. Will Wilkinson’s response (VR, 18 November 2017, vol 181, p 543) makes interesting reading.

He asserts that ‘There is no debate about who owns (or runs) the countryside’, ignoring the contribution that citizens and taxpayers make to the financial health of the land-owning fraternity via subsidies, tax breaks …

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