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Thread: Justifying Deer Management to a Wildlife Trust / Landowner?

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    Justifying Deer Management to a Wildlife Trust / Landowner?

    Beowolf

    Noticed your comment about Monks Wood and culling issues.

    The BDS have been involved with a long term study at Wytham woods - the resulting data has been of great interest to those who may need to justify/plan deer control - especially relating to Muntjac/Fallow probs.

    The following links will give you a chunks of ammunition in formulating and referencing the need for control of Deer numbers in woodland. Highlights the detrimental effects of unchecked deer access on other animals/flora that a Wildlife trust may be trying to encourage in a balanced biotope.

    Good luck!

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/deerctrl.htm

    http://www.bds.org.uk/fallow_and_muntjac_deer.html
    Contact Stephen for info - very authoratative! stephen.ellwood@zoology.oxford.ac.uk

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...ritdeer_2.html

    Now, the Woodland Trust's viewpoint on deer - NOTE that venison income is NOT a factor they consider, likewise, they do NOT allow sporting shooting - so any mention of paying clients is not likely to be in your interest!!

    http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk/cam...smore/deer.htm

    Put the two loads of info together - you should be able to forward a watertight case for management, while allowing the Trustees to cover their collective backs in authorizing action!

    Rgds Ian

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    Thanks Ian,
    I thought I had it covered, but your extra information has put a copper bottom on it for me. I am due to present my management plan to the Trustees after Christmas. I will let you know the results. I'd also like to put some of the plan on the site for the members to have a look at and give me some ideas.

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