Deer

The Deer Group works to promote sustainable deer management, particularly as part of the sustainable upland land use agenda.

The Deer Group has a number of active members, a full list is shown below.

 

Convener

Duncan Orr-Ewing

Vice-Convener

Mike Daniels

Staff liaison

Rachael Fairbairn

The group includes LINK landowning organisations and is therefore both a deer management policy and operational forum, with links to both NatureScot and the private deer management sector.

Latest News

LINK welcomes government response to Independent Deer Working Group report

24 Mar 2021

This statement has been prepared by LINK’s Deer Group. We welcome the Scottish Government response to the independent Deer Working Group report. We support all 99 recommendations set out in this document. We encourage the development of a new Deer Act in the next session of the Scottish Parliament to implement about half of recommendations, […]

Statement on deer control in support of Forestry and Land Scotland

04 Sep 2020

A statement from Scottish Environment LINK’s Deer Group on control of deer populations: “As environmental land managers we fully recognise the need for ongoing control of deer populations, and to address the climate and biodiversity crises. Natural predators of deer are extinct in Scotland. Deer numbers are far higher than is sustainable for nature to […]

Environmental groups welcome Deer Working Group report as a potential catalyst to bring deer management into the 2020s

29 Jan 2020

Scottish Environment LINK – a coalition of organisations involved in land and deer management, forestry, wildlife conservation, cultural heritage, community land partnerships, nature education and outdoor recreation – has welcomed the findings in the report published today by the independent Deer Working Group (DWG). The independent expert body that was appointed by Scottish Ministers in […]

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