Just read this through (BBC News - Concern over culling of red deer )
couldn't agree more, couldn't disagree with SNH more either.
IMHO, it's not about 'what people want to do with their land', it's about the impact of financial and economic mismanagement by the government on the non-wealthy citizens, forcing them to sadly start exploiting their own land and resources due to increased fuel costs, taxes, and need I go on. clearly as the number of paying guests diminish through the recession, more mature stags will be culled as they fetch higher prices to help compensate for either lower guest numbers and/or increased costs of living/working.
it doesn't help that the FC are subsidised for culling red deer, which I don't blame them for doing, but too little money is spent on constructing and maintaining quality deer fencing instead.
are too many red deer culled in the UK the last few years,,yes. are the wrong ones culled to compensate/to generate better trophy fees, yes, probably. can one blame the landowners and estate owners, no - they are not exploiting their resources unnecessarily, it probably pains them to agree to take mature stags off in the rut, but it's more palatable than insolvency...
who's to blame? well,,,let's start at looking towards No. 10, overpaid public services high end positions, the rescuing of financial institutions who continue to take advantage, the lack of presence and power of the competition commission, llack of initiatives for competition to enter the UK to help drive costs down, price fixing, collusion, and monopolies...
me done. Happy New Years!