Justifying Deer Management to a Wildlife Trust / Landowner?

IanF

Well-Known Member
#1
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/news/2003/03/0303_030303_britdeer_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/campaigns/briefingsmore/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 :)
 

Beowulf

Well-Known Member
#2
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.
 

Top