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Lowland Deer Panel and Public Interest reports now available

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in News | Comments Off

The report of the Lowland Deer Panel to Scottish Natural Heritage has now been published and includes seven recommendations for SNH to consider. SNH will consider the report and recommendations ‘in the round’, rather than taking the Panel’s work in isolation, and will respond fully to it later this year. Report of the Lowland Deer Panel to SNH, February 2019 The report Lowland deer management: assessing the delivery of public interests is also available. It was compiled by SRUC to better understand approaches to Lowland deer management and is an important first step to build a complete...

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Deer health project finds very low levels of harmful E. coli O157 strain in wild deer in Scotland

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in News | Comments Off

A project undertaken by the Moredun Research Institute and the University of Edinburgh into harmful E. coli O157 bacteria in Scotland’s wild deer has established that the bacteria has a low prevalence in deer of less than 0.3 per cent. Richard Cooke, Chairman, LDNS, says: “When we signed up to the project it was in part a leap of faith and we hoped that science would show that the occurrence of this bug in our wild deer species is extremely low, and this has turned out to be the case. Whilst we cannot make comparisons with the level in livestock or other foods, or comment on the level of...

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New Scottish venison strategy launched

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in News | Comments Off

The first ever strategy for Scottish venison has been launched, with the aim of bringing together wild and farmed deer interests and setting out nine ‘key areas’ for growth across the sector. These areas include developing new supply chains, tailored support for deer farming, developing a scheme for co-op owned chills and larders and supply of local product to local markets, consumer promotion, education, skills development and building on Scotland’s reputation as a centre for world-class expertise, and further R & D including market insight. Speaking from the Downfield Farm...

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Bids being sought by SNH for Flanders Moss NNR Deer Management Permission

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off

Scottish Natural Heritage requires a more focussed culling effort to address the expanding deer population on Flanders Moss NNR. SNH is offering a unique opportunity to bid for deer management permission on Flanders Moss NNR over the land specifically owned by SNH (this is c ~90 hectares). The proposed lease would be for one year from 3 September 2018 to 2 September 2019. Here are the important dates (all 2018) for this contract: Tender goes live: Friday 10 August Site Visit to Flanders Moss NNR: Thursday 16 August, 11.00am Questions from bidders (if applicable): Friday 10 August to Tuesday...

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DVCs and Deer Management

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in News | Comments Off

A gathering of 20 deer managers took place at Raehills Estate, courtesy of Lord David Johnstone, on Tuesday 12 June to discuss the issue of deer vehicle collisions and possible steps and mitigation measures that can be put in place to reduce numbers of road traffic accidents with deer. There are currently an estimated 8,000 to 14,000 deer vehicle collisions in Scotland each year of which 70 result in human injury according to Dr Jochen Langbein of Langbein Wildlife, the UK deer vehicle collision expert. Pictured before the start of the morning seminar are the speakers (left to right): Angus...

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New food safety films for venison sector now online

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in News | Comments Off

Three food safety films specifically to highlight potential high risk areas of contamination in the venison food chain are now available online. The three films, titled Field dressing a roe buck, The gralloch on the hill, and Essential red deer larder work have been produced by the Scottish Venison Partnership, Scottish Quality Wild Venison, and Scottish Natural Heritage (Best Practice Guides) in order to increase awareness about contamination risks and steps that can be taken to prevent this. The three films, made by Pace Productions, will be shown at two special workshops for stalkers and...

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