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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Response from ADMG to SNH Review of Deer Management for Scottish Government

The Report to the Scottish Government on Deer Management prepared by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has been published today, 18 November 2016. The Review covers the upland deer range and low ground deer management, and all species of deer. The Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) has been working closely with individual deer management groups (DMGs) and SNH throughout the review process. Richard Cooke, ADMG Chairman, says: “We have now seen the SNH Report on Deer Management and in particular welcome the recognition of the...

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MacGillivray painting offered to support Deer Management Groups funding campaign

The Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) is embarking on a fundraising campaign to secure funds to underwrite the delivery of important development work in Scotland in the wild deer sector. As an early boost to its campaign, renowned wildlife and sporting artist Ian MacGillivray has donated one of his spectacular oil paintings. The 30” x 44” painting Across the Burn, depicts a highland pony taking a stag off the hill on the Garrogie...

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