The number of foxhound packs in Britain must be reduced by around 50 if hunting is to prosper, says Stephen Lambert, chairman of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA).

In an H&H interview to mark his retirement from the role next year, Mr Lambert says there are “too many packs operating on a small, overcrowded island” and the current total of 186 in England, Wales and Scotland needs to be dramatically reduced.

It is, he stresses, better to have a smaller number of larger packs with less pressure on country.

To read the exclusive interview with Stephen Lambert go to p78 of this week’s issue of H&H (25 April 2013)