Did anyone else see this in today's newspapers?
A new study has been produced: "Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species? A case study of wild deer in Britain"
It's not published until next year, so it's difficult to find much detail, but from the webpage four options are being suggested with the aim of reducing the deer 'problem':
1. direct intervention by the public sector in deer management across both public and private lands. This would include compulsory culling, fencing and other methods;
2. increased mutual cooperation and collaboration between relevant local stakeholders, such as landowners, stalkers, motorists, and government and non-government organisations with an interest in deer (e.g. conservation groups);
3. financial incentives, such as the provision of financial rewards – derived from public sector support and/or improvements in the market conditions for venison and sporting lets – for deer management (currently, sporting estates have a vested interest in not culling too many deer);
4. legislative reform to apportion legal responsibility for deer management
Also an interesting quote (my emboldened/italics):
If anyone has any details of the research, or even better was involved, I'd love to hear about it.'However we believe that a sustainable solution is possible if action is taken to encourage and, if necessary, persuade landowners that deer should be managed as an asset for the whole of rural society rather than as a hobby for a social elite. The best option in my opinion is to encourage landowners to allow more paying clients to shoot deer as sportsmen can bring significant economic benefits to the entire local economy.’
In the meantime I'm guessing that a few of the above points will be worthy of discussion!