|A Deer Management Group - North Lanarkshire Deer Management Group|
WHAT DO DEER MANAGEMENT GROUPS DO?
Deer Management Groups are voluntary and are run by the representatives of the landholdings in the Group area. The collaborative activities of a Group would normally include the carrying out of a coordinated count of all the deer in the area annually. This provides a basis for assessing the cull required to meet the combined objectives of Group members and to ensure that the quality of the deer habitat is maintained, ie. that there is a population of deer which is sustainable in terms of the environment and compatible with other land uses such as farming, forestry, tourism, public recreation, and road saftey and which makes a contribution to the local economy.
Deer population levels are set by the Group members. who are fully conversant with Best Practise Guidlines.
Many Groups have developed Deer Management Plans. These provide a framework for the integrated management of deer along with other land uses.
THE FUTURE OF DEER MANAGEMENT GROUPS
Deer Management Groups are not unique to Scotland although they have proved highly suitable to the Scottish pattern of land ownership, particularly where the holdings are generally large, as in the Highlands.
However although the situation differs in the lowlands the same basic principals apply. Increasingly Groups liaise and co-operate with other interest Groups and with local communities.
They have evolved rapidly in recent years and will become increasingly refined in future through development of Deer Management Plans, Best Practice and increasing uptake in training through the Deer Stalking Certificate and other qualifications in bringing increasing professionalism and discipline to the management of wild deer across the Scottish lowlands.
They may in future provide a valuable model for the collaborative management of other wildlife species.
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