"Shooting Times spoke to Dr Paul Dolman of the University of East Anglia, after national newspapers and the BBC claimed that he had said that 50 per cent of the UK’s deer population needed to be culled.

Dr Dolman, whose research article, Achieving Landscape-Scale Deer Management for Biodiversity Conservation: The Need to Consider Sources and Sinks, was published in The Journal of Wildlife Management, told Shooting Times that the mainstream press had printed figures that did not come from his research: “Those figures did not come from us,” he said. “They were taken out of context when I presented my research — I had said that ‘Nobody knows how many deer there are in the UK; online estimates suggest there may be 1.5million’.”