Every five years the BDS conducts a survey of deer distribution across the United Kingdom. The results provide data which is invaluable to national and regional policy makers, researchers, land managers and many others, and, over the years, the resulting maps have built up an essential picture of the fortunes of deer in this country.
This year will mark our most comprehensive survey yet as we will not just be recording deer presence but also looking to establish actual densities. To ensure success we need your help. All that we ask is that you visit a survey area within an allocated 1km square during March/April and August/September and record the deer signs that you find. pdf More details can be found here (133 KB) .
The management of wild deer in Scotland: Deer Working Group report
The Group was appointed as an independent working group to review the existing statutory and non-statutory arrangements for the management of wild deer in Scotland, taking account of the position with each of the four species of wild deer in Scotland and the varying circumstances across Scotland.
This report is the result of the Group’s review and contains a wide range of recommendations to fulfil the Group’s remit to make “recommendations for changes to ensure effective deer management that safeguards public interests and promotes the sustainable management of wild deer”.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has published reports on assessing progress in deer management in Scotland, which has been prepared for the Scottish Government.
Below are links to the main report and three associated research reports:
Assessing Progress in Deer Management - SNH report to the Scottish Government - https://www.nature.scot/assessing-progress-deer-management-snh-report-scottish-government
The latest edition of Deer, The Journal of The British Deer Society is out now.
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