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 thrive. Without reductions in deer population, we will not meet native woodland expansion, peatland protection, and therefore carbon sequestration targets.
“Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) delivers first class deer management across Scotland’s national forests and land, allowing deer and trees to co-exist. FLS also delivers high environmental and animal welfare standards, for example showing leadership in the sector with a decision to phase out the use of lead ammunition. This cull extension is necessary. We fully support FLS and have every confidence that the work will be carried out to the highest standards.”