Scottish Deer Health Survey 2017 – 19

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in News | Comments Off

Deer stalkers and deer managers across the uplands and lowlands are being encouraged to take part in the Scottish Deer Health Survey, possibly the largest research programme ever of this type in the UK, to establish the prevalence or otherwise of a number of health risks across all of Scotland’s wild deer species. The research project, which runs over two years and is funded by Food Standards Scotland and the Scottish Government, is being undertaken by the Moredun Research Institute and Edinburgh University, and is supported by Scotland’s wild deer sector, the Association of Deer...

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Review of deer management in Scotland

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in News | Comments Off

On 29 June 2017, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, made her announcement about what happens next for deer management in Scotland. This followed the Deer Management Review, which comprised the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) 2016 Assessments of Deer Management Groups and its subsequent report, the review by the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee and its report, and the debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Board of SNH also met on 29 June to discuss its next steps. The Cabinet Secretary’s statement can be seen...

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ECCLR Committee – report on deer management

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in News | Comments Off

In April, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament published its report on deer management in Scotland.  This followed its evidence -taking sessions on the 2016 Scottish Natural Heritage report on the same subject. This report goes to the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham MSP. Having assessed its content she will then respond for the Government. The Committee’s full report can be accessed here or by using the link in the right hand...

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Review of Deer Management in Scotland

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in News | Comments Off

Deer Management in Scotland: Report to the Scottish Government from Scottish Natural Heritage (2016) ECCLR Committee – final evidence session of the Deer Management Review The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee of the Scottish Parliament has been undertaking a review of deer management and held its final evidence session on 24 January 2017. You can watch the video record of this and the previous ECCLR Committee evidence sessions on Scottish Parliament TV here . The draft written report of that final evidence session is available here . We now awaits the...

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Native woodlands inside and outside the main red deer range in Scotland

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in News | Comments Off

Victor Clements, independent native woodlands consultant based in Perthshire, and also a member of the Executive Committee of ADMG, reassesses the Native Woodlands Scotland Survey and finds that the survey’s conclusions may be distorted.  His findings have been published in an extensive report in the winter 2016 issue of Scottish Forestry. He writes: The Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS) published in 2014 gave an up to date account of the status of native woodland areas throughout the country. At the time, the headline message was that herbivore impacts were the greatest threat...

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Christmas venison dinners donated to food bank by South Lanarkshire Deer Group

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off

South Lanarkshire Deer Group has gifted120 venison packs (240 venison dinners) to Calderwood Baptist Church, Maxwellton Road, East Kilbride. The venison in the form of 1/4lb venison burgers and square sausage will be supplied in the Christmas food parcels from the Church to the East Kilbride Community Food Bank to provide a little extra at Christmas to those in need in the area. This year’s gift of venison, which comes from locally sourced roe deer, follows a similar well-received initiative in 2015. David Quarrell, Chair of the South Lanarkshire Deer Group (SLDG), says: “We are delighted...

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