If of interest for your next bulletin the Angus Lowland Deer Initiative was launched under the auspices of LDNS at a meeting in Forfar on the evening of 19th June. It was attended by over 40 people including farmers, foresters, vocational stalkers and game keepers along with representatives of Angus Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forest Enterprise. This was the first local initiative by Lowland Deer Network Scotland and is intended to compliment the deer management groups already well established in some parts of lowland Scotland. Please see copy of the Agenda below for reference. The intention is for an annual meeting and an annual questionnaire to gather information about local deer population trends and impacts.
LDNS will also be supporting initiatives in other areas. The underlying objective is to bring a collaborative approach to the management of lowland deer throughout Scotland across a wide range of different land management situations, including in the urban and peri-urban areas, and to create capability to respond to population changes and prevent negative impacts. The rise in deer related road traffic accidents in some localities is of particular concern. This is intended to reflect the responsibilities identified under the WANE Act 2011 as interpreted in the SNH “Code of Practice on Deer Management” published earlier this year.