Earlier this week SNH published their review into the effectiveness of deer management in Scotland in terms of delivering in the public interest. The report looks at the progress made in modernising the deer industry and whether this change will deliver a step change in mitigating environmental impacts associated (or perceived to be associated) with deer.
While SNH recognise the economic, social and cultural significance of deer to Scotland, and the efforts of the industry to modernise, it disappointingly concludes that change is not rapid or significant enough to meet public interest objectives – primarily improvements to biodiversity.
Scottish Land & Estates are surprised and disappointed with many of the conclusions of the report given the efforts of the sector to meet the requirements laid out by SNH.
On the 13th December we have been invited to give evidence to the Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. If you have any thoughts or views you would like to share with us ahead of this meeting, please send them through to Anne Gray and Karen Ramoo.