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Managing deer

Wild deer are an important asset for Scotland.  They contribute to the rural economy, are integral to our biodiversity and are enjoyed by people from all walks of life.  To continue to manage our deer for our land and people, land managers and public bodies developed Scotland's Wild Deer: A National Approach (WDNA). This directs our whole approach to managing deer. 

Please be aware that deer stalking takes place all over Scotland. The Heading for the Scottish Hills web service external site   will help you find out where deer stalking is taking place over the stag season (1st July to 20th October), and help you minimise the chance of disturbing stalking in line with the Outdoor Access Code

DCS Deer Management - Stalkers looking over heather moorland. İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Understanding deer management

Find out more about how deer are managed in Scotland.

Red Census Group Deer Count, small sized herd in snow, Aerial Photography Winter Count 2005   İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Sustainable deer management project

Sustainable management of wild deer is at the heart of all good deer management planning, decisions and practices.

Stalker walking to dead hind. Copyright SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Wild deer welfare

Safeguarding wild deer welfare is central to responsible deer management, ensuring deer don't suffer at an individual or population level.

DCS Galloway Forest Gteway Image - Board visit Galloway in the summer, June 2004. Forestry. (original 31mb)�SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk.

Managing designated sites

Find out how grazing is being managed on Scotland's sites of European importance.

WDNA logo  İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Scotland's Wild Deer: A National Approach

Scotland's Wild Deer: A National Approach is Scotland's vision for wild deer. It has been developed and is being delivered by land managers and public bodies.

Best Practice Guidance display.  İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Best Practice

Best Practice Guides for management of wild deer

The Deer Code.  İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Code of deer management

The Code of Practice on Deer Management has been approved by the Scottish Parliament and came into effect on 1st January 2012

Red Stag

Enjoying deer

We can enjoy deer as part of our landscape and as a delicious, healthy and nutritious food.

Deer road sign. İ SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Deer management contacts

Find out who to contact about deer management issues in your area.

Aerial view of small sized red deer herd in snow.  İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Funding for Deer Management Group Plans

Sustainable management of wild deer is at the heart of all good deer management planning, decisions and practices.


Related Links

Deer Management in Scotland Report 2016

Deer Management in Scotland Report 2016

Deer Management in Scotland: Report to the Scottish Government from Scottish Natural Heritage 2016

Red deer research on Rum NNR

Red deer research on Rum NNR

This booklet provides deer management advice arising from intensive research on Rum NNR since 1972.

Heading for the Scottish Hills

Heading for the Scottish Hills

Website for Heading for the Scottish Hills

Deer licensing

Deer licensing

Find information on when you need an authorisation to cull deer and statutory returns.



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