5 October 2017
Deer Working Group
The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Roseanna Cunningham MSP has this week appointed an independent Group to examine deer management issues, following the report by the ECCLR Committee on deer management and subsequent debate this summer in the Scottish Parliament.
The Group, which will run until April 2019, is charged with making recommendations for changes to ensure effective deer management that “safeguards the public interest and promotes the sustainable management of wild deer.” Its remit covers both upland and low ground Scotland.
Appointed to the Group are Simon Pepper OBE (Chair), Robin Callander (special adviser), Andrew Barbour, and Jayne Glass. LDNS and ADMG Chairman Richard Cooke has been appointed as an external adviser to the Group.
Richard Cooke commented:
“We hope that this new Group will take an objective view of sustainable deer management in Scotland, and its strengths and weaknesses. Importantly, its recommendations should take full account of the economic contribution that deer management makes as well as the employment benefits that it brings. I am pleased to have been appointed as external adviser to assist the Group in its task to reach balanced, evidence-based conclusions and recommendations.”
The terms of reference for the Deer Working Group can be seen here
Meeting the challenge of wild deer research to support delivery of sustainable deer management in Scotland
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Centre for Mountain Studies (UHI) have conducted a review for the Scottish Government, SNH and FCS of existing research on wild deer management. The aim was to identify gaps in the existing knowledge base through gathering the views of stakeholders and reviewing existing material.
The final report of this project has been published and is now available online here