Dunkeld Deer Management Forum Newsletter September 2017
The Scottish Government places the responsibility on land owners and occupiers to manage the local deer population. Deer damage social and economic interests: for example, browsing commercial and amenity woodlands, agricultural crops and grazing gardens and allotments. The A9 between Bankfoot and Ballinluig has one of the highest incidences of deer collision road traffic accidents in Scotland. Control is also necessary for the welfare of the deer themselves and the biodiversity of the flora and fauna which their browsing and thrashing can compromise. Deer do contribute to the local economy.
About 10% of deer in this area are culled for “sport” and many people who visit the area enjoy seeing deer in and around the village. At sustainable densities they also manage the woodland undergrowth very effectively.
The Dunkeld Deer Management Forum (DDMF) over the last three years has brought together all those responsible for managing deer within an approximate10km radius of Dunkeld. The boundaries agreed by the group are roughly from Guay to Loch Ordie, down to Butterstone across to Murthly and over to Trochry then over Creagvinean to Dalguise. There are slight overlaps with the South Perthshire DMG and the Strathardle Owners group who manage deer beyond these boundaries.
The proposed aims of DDMF are to collaborate in managing deer sustainably with due consideration for animal welfare as laid down in the Scottish Natural Heritage Deer Code. In order to do this, we need to gather and share information on deer numbers, distribution and impact on the local environment. We also need to consider the needs of the wider community, communicate with and be accountable to them. To this end we have invited the community council to our meetings. A recent development has been the creation of a steering group to share tasks such as identifying and communicating with land owners, occupiers and other stakeholders such as SNH, Forestry Commission, and Police Scotland.
Currently we are collating information on deer numbers, cull figures and impacts on habitats. Any land owners or occupiers who have not already been involved are invited to contribute information on deer and how they affect their land use objectives. Similarly anyone within this community who has an opinion or interest in deer would be welcome to get in touch or attend our annual meetings.
The next meeting will be held in November and details will be provided in the Bridge in the meantime anyone who wishes more information can contact the group via
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