Absolutely the right time for ADMG to stage its upland deer management event at Scottish Parliament

The Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) staged an event at the Scottish Parliament on 3 March 2020 hosted by Stewart Stevenson MSP and titled Upland deer management. The voluntary approach: rising to the challenge. The event was held following the most recent SNH review of deer management published in November 2019, and the report of the Scottish Government appointed Deer Working Group earlier this year. A key objective of the event was to help to inform MSPs, officials and others about the significant progress made by...

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Statement from ADMG re publication of Deer Working Group Report

Richard Cooke, Chairman, The Association of Deer Management Groups, said: “Many of the recommendations contained in the Deer Working Group (DWG) report published today concern tidying up and updating current legislation, and these are broadly welcome. “But fundamentally this report is about further heavy reductions in deer numbers which would have a devastating effect on an important rural industry in the remoter parts of Scotland and there is a real danger if we continue to demonise deer that we overlook the multiple other...

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Deer in Scotland – another point of view

An ADMG response to the recently published Scottish Environment LINK proposal Managing deer for climate, communities and conservation. We support some of the objectives of this document, which are also Scottish Government climate emergency policy objectives.  Indeed, most Deer Management Groups (DMGs) are already delivering peatland restoration and woodland expansion on a wide and increasing scale, alongside a steady reduction in the open hill red deer population.  Where we may diverge is in the means to that end proposed by LINK...

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Woodland or open ground? Scenarios for the persistence of woodland in the presence of grazing

Victor Clements reviews an important recent paper by James Fenton. This will be of interest to those concerned about the natural environment of the Highlands and particularly the balance between moorland, native trees and deer. The paper was published on 9 October 2019. Victor Clements writes: James Fenton was an upland ecologist with the National Trust for Scotland, worked extensively on peat bogs in Antarctica, and has for many years questioned the policy priority given by government and its agencies to native woodland over moorland....

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Upland deer managers say they are in the front line in meeting climate change challenge and biodiversity targets

The Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) says, in the light of the current Scottish Government review of deer management, that its members are meeting future climate change and public interest targets. It has stated in its just published Forward Look that the upland deer sector is “Not part of the problem but part of the solution.” ADMG says that the latest review of the upland deer sector undertaken by SNH in 2019 recognises significant progress and that, by maintaining that progressive momentum, its members have a vital role...

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ADMG heartened that progress is recognised in SNH deer management report

Scotland’s upland deer sector is currently the subject of a review every three years by Scottish Natural Heritage.  These reviews are based on Deer Management Group (DMG) assessments against some 101 criteria. ADMG Chairman, Richard Cooke says, in response to the latest SNH report that has just been presented to the Scottish Government: “We are pleased to note that the SNH 2019 report Assessing Progress in Deer Management clearly recognises significant progress made by the Deer Management Groups (DMGs) since the 2016...

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