Upper Deeside/Donside

Welcome to the web page of Upper Deeside and Donside (formerly East Grampians Sub-Area 5) Deer Management Group.

The Upper Deeside and Donside Deer Management Group  is located in the north east of Scotland within the Regions of Aberdeenshire and Moray. The Group area  extends to around 95430 ha and falls entirely within the Cairngorms National Park. The Group extends from Candacraig in the North to the A93 in the South, Mar Lodge to the West and Dinnet Moor to the East.

The Group still maintains on-going communication with the other groups within the east Grampian area as well as maintaining active communication with  the neighbouring DMGs of Cairngorms & Speyside to the west and West Grampian to the south, where it is recognised that there is deer movement between these three DMGs. With active engagement with all neighbouring sub-groups and DMGs in the area, this ensures a landscape collaborative approach to deer management.

Combinations of land use objectives and priorities vary from property to property throughout the DMG management area but as a whole Conservation is a common and strongly shared focus of all. Further information on all aspects of deer management can be found in the Deer Management Plan.

The Deer Management Plan was formally adopted by the Group 2016 and underwent a period of public consultation. The DMG is happy to receive ongoing feedback on any aspect of the plan. Please send comments to the Plan Consultant Dr Linzi Seivwright E: linzi@caorann.com

Should you require any further information about the group, please contact the Group’s Chairman Angus McNicol E: angus@invercauld.estate

A copy of the Upper Deeside and Donside DMG 2017 Annual Report is available for download.

Deer Management Plan

Sustainable Deer Management and the Public Interest
The management of red deer at a landscape population level as set out in the Code of Practice on Deer Management (The Deer Code) requires a collaborative approach. Deer are regarded as a natural resource and as such all those who manage them have a ‘responsibility’ to:

  • manage deer as a resource sustainably;
  • minimise negative deer impacts on public interest;
  • safeguard deer welfare.

The deer management objectives of members of the DMG currently contribute to delivering a wide range of public benefits as set out in The Deer Code. This plan will demonstrate how the DMG is currently contributing to sustainable deer management and will identify further opportunities for the DMG to deliver the Public Interest.

The purpose of the Deer Management Plan

The overall purpose of the Deer Management Plan is to provide:

  • An agreed framework for  the management of wild deer and habitat improvement in the area covered by the Group;
  • An agreed set of actions to deliver the public interest associated with sustainable deer management;
  • An agreed pattern of arrangements to ensure that the actions are implemented and their effectiveness monitored.

Deer Management Plan Structure

The DMP was adopted in 2016 and consists of two main parts .

  • Part 1: Deer Management Plan Information — This sets out background information and details the Public Interest relating to Deer Management in the local area. Information on individual management units is also contained here.
  • Part 2: Group Operation — This part contains information relating to the Operation and Functioning of the DMG.
  • Annual Reports will set out the progress the Group has made in the delivery of the plan.
  • Working Plan – this is the most up to date working plan and will continually be updated.

Deer Management Plan Implementation

The plan identifies specific actions for the Group and targets to be delivered by 2021. These will be reviewed on an annual basis in the Working Plans. The DMG will use information gathered from habitat monitoring, population census and cull reporting to agree and set culls on an annual basis. Each management unit is committed to implementing the necessary culls to achieve this although it is accepted that there may be specific geographical areas within the Group area where deer management requires to be focussed.

The Group are committed to working collaboratively to achieve deliver the objectives of the plan and will meet regularly to discuss deer management and issues that arise in the local and wider area. This Plan will therefore take account of all land management interests as well as those of other Statutory Organisations and the wider public interest.

Please send all comments to Linzi Seivwright E: linzi@caorann.com

The next meeting of the DMG will be held on 17th April 2018. Please contact the Chairman Angus McNicol E: angus@invercauld.estate if you would like to attend or if you wish to add an item to the agenda for discussion.

There will be a Public Meeting to be held on 17 April 2018 at 5.30pm. Castleton Hall, 4 Glenshee Road, Braemar, AB35 5YQ. The purpose of this meeting will be to find out more about the workings of the DMG and the Deer Management Plan, with an opportunity for questions and discussion about local deer management issues. Tea and Coffee will be available. All welcome to attend on the day but we would also be grateful if you could let the Secretary know in advance if you would like to come along.

A copy of the DMG 2017 Annual Report is now available for download.
Minutes of March 2016 Meeting

Minutes of April 2017 Meeting

A Public Meeting will be held on 17 April 2018 at 5.30pm. Castleton Hall, 4 Glenshee Road, Braemar, AB35 5YQ. See Meetings (above) for fruther details. All welcome!

Further information from:
Tom Willis, DMG Secretary
E: TWillis@savills.com