"As acknowledged by the judge in this case, Philip Day did not deliberately set out to damage a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
"Mr Day is passionate about the countryside and committed to conservation. He was shocked to find that damage had been caused to the site by contractors.
"As soon as he became aware of this, he worked closely with Natural England to carry out a full restoration programme, which was completed over two years ago.
"Mr Day intends to appeal against the sentence. The fine is nine times the amount imposed for previous similar offences."
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