The ongoing Assynt deer situation

ADMG does not in principle oppose the use by SNH of its statutory powers as a last resort where a DMG is unable to bring all of its members into collaborative management conforming to an agreed Deer Management Plan. SNH was criticised by some during the recent deer sector review for not using all of its 1996 Deer (Scotland) Act powers, mainly Section 8 Control Schemes, in circumstances where such a course of action might have been justified. SNH has now determined to take a more assertive approach and is clearly seeking candidate...

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ADMG at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair 2017

ADMG had a really good three days at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair from 30 June to 2 July with a busy stand, shared with LDNS, which this year focused on Deer Management Planning and Habitat Impact Assessments. There was a good level of interest from both members and the general public and some useful conversations with Agencies and others including a visit from the new Chair of SNH Mike Cantlay.  The first day of the event fell the day after Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, had given her direction to what happens...

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ADMG responds to Cabinet Secretary’s announcement on improvements to the way wild deer are managed

Today, 29 June, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, made her announcement about what happens next for deer management in Scotland. This followed the Deer Review, which comprised the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) 2016 Assessments of Deer Management Groups and subsequent Report, the review by the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee and a debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Board of SNH also met today to discuss its next steps. Following the Cabinet...

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Rum National Nature Reserve – Sporting Lease Opportunity

To let by Scottish Natural Heritage – a unique opportunity to manage the annual cull of around 60 stags for 5 years, over approximately 9,000 hectares on Rum National Nature Reserve. To be let from 2018 to 2022. Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest in writing to the Project Manager, Lizzie Richards via email: Lizzie.richards@snh.gov.uk or post to SNH, Dingwall Business Park, Fodderty Way, Dingwall, IV15 9XB, by 31 May 2017. Please include a main contact name, address, email address and phone number. If you are...

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Briefing note for MSPs – Debate on deer management – 2 May 2017

The following observations by ADMG relate to the April 2017 Report to the Cabinet Secretary by the ECCLR Committee and are presented in the context of the debate on deer management in the Scottish Parliament on 2 May 2017. The ECCLR Committee report recognised that: Notable progress has been made by most upland deer management groups (DMGs) since the 2013 RACCE Committee review. Deer management across Scotland – four species, many different environments and land uses – is varied and complex. Deer impacts are more important than numbers,...

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Dodgy statistics and the post-truth deer debate

Victor Clements is a native woodland advisor working in Highland Perthshire, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Deer Management Groups, Secretary of Breadalbane Deer Management Group and a past member of the Scottish Environment LINK Deer Task Force. He is therefore well qualified to respond to David Lintern’s article Bare Hill of the Hind, published in January on the Walk Highlands website . Titled Dodgy statistics and the post-truth deer debate, Victor Clements’ article is on the Scottish Gamekeepers...

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