The Wildlife & Natural Environment Act has placed increased duties on all Scotland’s deer managers, not just on the high ground but the length and breadth of the country.
Those duties apply to everyone who has deer on their land.
Coupled with this new legislation, the greening of Scotland and expanding woodland cover, increasing low-ground deer numbers, deer in peri-urban areas and public safety issues particularly in relation to road traffic accidents all call for a more co-ordinated approach to lowland deer management of roe and other species.
The Association of Deer Management Groups, in partnership with other public and private sector organisations is setting up the Lowland Deer Network (LDN) as a step towards tackling these issues.
Who will be interested? Farmers and land managers, deer stalkers – professional and recreational, forestry companies and foresters, Local Authorities and others all have an interest in how Scotland’s low ground deer resource is sustainably managed.
Geographically these issues affect the Scottish lowlands, the Scottish Borders and south-west Scotland, the central belt and north-east Scotland – wherever low -ground deer populations are regarded either as a management problem or an economic opportunity.
Speakers at the conference include:
Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Environment
Andrew Thin, Chairman, Scottish Natural Heritage
Robbie Kernahan, Wildlife Operations Unit Manager, Scottish Natural Heritage
Derek Kneller and Robert Speirs, North Lanarkshire Deer Management Group
Dr Bob McIntosh, Director, Forestry Commission Scotland
Ian Fergusson, Deer Management Officer (South) Forest Enterprise Scotland
Jonathan Hall, Head of Rural Policy, NFUS
Mike Cottam, SNH Best Practice Group
Richard Cooke, Chairman, Association of Deer Management Groups
Demonstrations and displays at the event include butchery (tbc), the Scottish Venison Partnership, the Scottish Quality Wild Venison Assurance Scheme, Precision Rifle Services (Callum Ferguson), and ballistics (James Govan).
The conference is FREE to attend. Places are limited so early application is advised. Lunch is included.
The LDN conference is organised and funded by the Association of Deer Management Groups, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. It is supported by organisations including BASC Scotland, the British Deer Society, Confor, National Farmers Union Scotland, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association and Scottish Land & Estates.
Join LDN on the day.
If the issues discussed at the event concern you or your business and you think you will find what LDN has to offer useful you can join at the event.
Register for the conference today. Conference places will be awarded on a ‘first-come’ basis.
E mail your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01356 624566