The effective and sustainable management of rising deer population is of serious conservation concern in Scotland today. Large areas of our uplands and native woodlands have been ecologically impoverished over several centuries, due in large part to the impacts of high deer numbers maintained for sporting and estate capital value purposes. Significant damage to the […]
Members of the LINK Wildlife and Natural Environment taskforce give oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee. Discussions included: Single witness evidence, quarry species, overwintering geese, hares, snaring, issue of invasive non-native species, species licencing and more…
LINK welcomes the opportunities to update the law on wildlife and the natural environment afforded by this bill. We particularly welcome elements such as the provisions on non-native species and on arrangements for Sites of Special Scientific Interest and have some positive suggestions for improvement in these areas. Whilst welcoming parts of the bill, we […]
LINK’s Deer taskforce has issued a breifing on proposals for updating deer legislation. For LINK, the imperative is creating the circumstances in which sustainable deer management can take place.
Whilst native deer are recognised by LINK as an important part of our natural heritage, damage cause by high deer population to natural heritage assest – in the abscence of natural predators – is one of the most pressing conservation issues in Scotland.
LINK provided Oral Evidence on stage one of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee. The Committee was specifically looking at sections 1 and 2, which propose the transfer to Scottish Natural Heritage of functions of the Deer Commission for Scotland and the Advisory Committee on Sites […]
Scottish Environment LINK response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill. This bill covers a wide range of areas including; deer, game law, invasive non-native species, species licensing, snaring, badgers, muirburn and SSSI and protected area revisions. LINK also believes that this Bill allows the opportunity to look at legisaltion […]
LINK Deer Taskforce consultation
Statement issued jointly by LINK Deer Task Force and the Forest Policy Group on 6 key principles for effective deer management in Scotland
Deer task force position at August 2013
Letter from LINKs Deer Taskforce to the Scottish Government welcoming plans to reform deer legisaltion under the proposed natural heritage bill
Letter to the Scottish Government regarding the merger of the Deer Commission for Scotland (DCS) with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). LINKs Deer Taskforce express disappointment over the decision not to include a representative from the non‐governmental Scottish environment sector on the merger board.
Letter from the LINK Deer Taskforce to the Scottish Government regarding
All species of wild deer are free-ranging wild animals belonging to no-one whilst alive. As a keystone species, they play a crucial role in the Scottish landscape, its biodiversity, culture and economy. However, since different interest groups favour different levels of deer population, they also give rise to controversy. The challenge is to find an […]
Letter to Rhona Brankin, Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development from the LINK Deer taskforce, voicing support for plans to reduce deer numbers at Caenlochan in the Cairngorms.