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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Native woodlands inside and outside the main red deer range in Scotland

Victor Clements, independent native woodlands consultant based in Highland Perthshire and a member of the Executive Committee of ADMG reassesses the Native Woodlands Scotland Survey and finds that the survey’s conclusions may be distorted.  His findings have been published in an extensive report in the winter 2016 issue of Scottish Forestry. He writes: The Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS) published in 2014 gave an up to date account of the status of native woodland areas throughout the country. At the time, the headline message...

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Deer Management in Scotland: Report to the Scottish Government from Scottish Natural Heritage 2016

ADMG gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee on 13 December 2016 on the SNH Report to the Scottish Government on Deer Management.  The evidence sessions follow publication of the SNH report in November. The video archive of the ECCLR meeting is available here. The ADMG evidence submitted to the ECCLR Committee prior to the session is available...

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A reflection on the 2014 – 2016 Deer Management Group assessment process

Victor Clements is a woodland advisor working in Highland Perthshire. He is also an Executive Committee member of the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) and Secretary of the Breadalbane DMG. He developed deer management plans for six Deer Management Groups (DMGs) located throughout the country, and was one of a number of people who carried out such work, many of whom were coming into the industry for the first time. He was commissioned by ADMG to provide a reflection on the 2014 – 2016 Deer Management Group Assessment process. This...

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