Scottish Land & Estates has today welcomed fresh recognition for the role deer management plays in Scotland’s rural economy and society.
In response to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee’s recommendations to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change following its inquiry on Deer Management in Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates has said it believes the industry will respond positively to the committee’s advice.
Andrew Midgley, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are pleased that the committee recognises the valuable role deer management plays in the rural economy and society. We are also pleased to see that the committee agrees with our view that the impact deer have on the natural environment is more important than focussing on deer numbers.
“The committee has said it wishes to see all deer management groups having deer management plans in place by 2016. While we recognise that the absence of a published deer management plan does not necessarily equate to lack of sustainable deer management, we accept that plans can be useful in terms of transparency and openness where there is a clear public interest.
“The production of management plans has been the direction of travel within the deer management industry for some time and indeed, a significant number of deer management groups already have such plans in place. The new timescale should give greater impetus to those groups that have been slower to produce plans. The Association of Deer Management Groups is leading work to provide guidance and leadership within individual groups and we are fully supportive of this work.
“The Committee is looking for improvements with the current model of deer management in Scotland rather than for any major overhaul and this is very much to be welcomed. We are sure the industry will continue to respond positively.”