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Deer Management- Delivering Public Interest
Following recommendations arising from the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Enquiry in 2013, all DMGs, working under the voluntary principle, are expected to develop effective and environmentally responsible management plans by the end of 2016.
Deer management currently delivers, and potentially could contribute further to, a range of benefits to the people of Scotland. These benefits are also referred to as the "Public Interest" and SNH has identified 14 areas of Public Interest derived from the Deer Code.
SNH is working in partnership with local voluntary deer management groups to help deliver this.
Further information is at-Delivering Public Interest
Code of Practice on Deer Management
Code of Practice on Deer Management - Scottish Natural Heritage, with input from stakeholders, has produced a Code of Practice on Deer Management. The Code is a key part of the deer provisions in the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 and came into effect on the 1st of January 2012.
- Authorisations (to cull deer out of season or at night)
- Fit and Competent Register
- Venison dealer returns
- Statutory returns
- Understanding deer management - including: who manages them; methods; species; deer related damage to forestry and agriculture and managing urban deer.
- Wild deer welfare - including: what wild deer welfare is; welfare perceptions & research; and deer vehicle collisions (DVCs).
- Managing designated sites - including: grazing management, joint working programme, favourable condition targets, selecting sites, audit list, financial support, grazing options and deer fencing guidance.
- Scotland's Wild Deer A National Approach - including: why a collaborative approach is being developed; its objectives; and latest updates.
- Sustainable Deer Management Sustainable management of wild deer is at the heart of all good deer management planning, decisions and practices.
- Enjoying deer - including: venison as a healthy and nutritious food; deer watching; and education.
- Best practice - best practice guidance for managing deer.
- Contact our Deer Management Officers
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