Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement following the publication of Scottish Natural Heritage’s review of Deer Management in Scotland.
Anne Gray, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment) at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are surprised and disappointed with many of the conclusions of the report given the efforts of the sector to meet the requirements previously laid out by SNH.
“While SNH identifies the economic, social and cultural significance of deer to Scotland, and also recognises the modernisation of management led by the Association of Deer Management Groups, it will be disappointing to many in the sector that SNH does not believe that change is rapid enough to meet public interest objectives – primarily improvements to biodiversity.
“Although the report does not provide definitive answers for how management should be progressed in future, deer management groups will be disheartened if their collaborative work is already being viewed as fruitless. We believe that more time needs to be given to allow that current structures to deliver.”