United Kingdom Deer News

... Warmer years tend to lead to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, and as a result smaller crops, a survey found.  Acorns are a primary food source for a number of animals and birds including jays, pigeons, deer and squirrels...

Fears of poaching as three deer found dead in East Lancashire woodland April 16, 2015 United Kingdom, thelancasterandmorecambecitizen.co.uk
... Three dead deer have been found in East Lancashire woodland ... Wildlife officers say that there has been a spate of deer killed in recent months, with seven carcasses found dumped on the boarder of Burnley and Accrington last month alone...

Anger as deer dies in fence at sanctuary April 16, 2015 United Kingdom, WesternDailyPress
... A row has broken out after a red deer died trapped in a wire fence surrounding a sanctuary where the League Against Cruel Sports has sporting rights.  The yearling is feared to have been trapped for some time before it died ...

Winter culls bringing red deer to “crisis point” April 13, 2015 Scotland, Edinburgh News
...  Gamekeepers in the north are blaming conservation groups for “slaughtering” the beasts which do not have the strength to run away... In some areas, stag numbers have dropped from 1,000 to just 350 in the past decade ...

Odiham residents get chance to view plans to restore deer park April 11, 2015 United Kingdom, The Gazette 
... The plan, which is yet to go before planners at Hart District Council, would see deer reintroduced to the park, which lies to the north of High Street.  References to a deer park in Odiham stretch as far as back as the 12th century ...

... Scientists argue that introducing lynx will benefit the ecosystem, by helping control the 1million UK deer population, as well as boosting the tourist economy.  But the move is controversial and likely to be opposed by farmers ...

... Buckerell near Honiton, made the gruesome discovery at a secluded area popular with walkers between the villages of Broadhembury and Dunkeswell, a few miles from Honiton... We ask the public to email us on 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Residents rally round to protect Cemetery Junction deer February 14, 2014 United Kingdom, localberkshire.co.uk 
... Residents who regularly visit the Reading Old Cemetery were horrified to find a butchered deer carcass left in the grass after reports that hunters had been using dogs to trap them... it is believed that only one female remains with three males also being spotted — down from a total of 12 in last spring’s count...

Row Town residents turn out to feed deer cut off from herd February 9, 2015 United Kingdom, Get Surrey 
... "Local people were feeding it and it was alone, so off to pastures new with lots of other deer." ... The decision to remove Hardy from his Row Town field divided some residents with some wanting him to remain...

Leighton Moss nature reserve: RSPB locks horns with deer lovers over cull February 7, 2015 United Kingdom, The Independent 
... Red deer were once nearly extinct in the area ... Before the end of March, the RSPB intends to kill eight to 10 animals. ... a former volunteer at the centre, Marianne Birkby, from Milnthorpe, now plans to resign ...  the deer are used as a marketing tool by the RSPB to advertise the reserve while also being culled...

Deer DNA used for first time in UK to prosecute poacher February 4, 2015 United Kingdom, BBC
...  the head of a red deer hind and other body parts were found at Druim na Brein-choille on Glenfinnan Estate.  Samples of the deer heart and deer hair were taken to the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture laboratory in Edinburgh for examination.  A search warrant was later obtained to search Kennedy's van and a blood stain was found on a metal tray in the rear of the van...

Warning after Hellingly deer trapped in baler twine January 26, 2015 United Kingdom, BBC
... The fallow deer buck was spotted struggling to free itself in Hellingly, East Sussex, on Sunday....

Animal rights campaigners anger over deer cull January 24, 2015 United Kingdom, The Scotsman
... The proposed cull could almost halve the number of red and roe deer in public forests throughout Perth and Kinross council area. Animal rights groups have condemned the new proposals... Once again, bodies charged with managing the natural landscape in Scotland imagine that they can slaughter their way to environmental harmony,” said director Andrew Tyler...

Perthshire, Animal rights groups demand Perthshire deer cull rethink January 23, 2015 United Kingdom, The Courier
.... Celebrity-backed organisation Animal Aid  ... urging Perth and Kinross Council to rethink its strategy.  Their call has been backed by another activist group, Scotland For Animals, which has asked the local authority to look for an alternative solution...

Durham deer-death officers guilty of gross misconduct January 23, 2015 United Kingdom, BBC 
... They struck the deer several times with a large blunt tool, believed to be a crowbar, rather than using a firearm.  Durham Police said the officers had brought "discredit upon the force"...

Decapitated deer and fawn found in Darlington January 20, 2015 United Kingdom, The Northern Echo
... The gruesome discovery was made yesterday morning (Sunday, January 18) on the footpath along the River Skerne, near the Five Arches railway bridge, in Darlington... the animals, which were also skinned, were found in a bin bag...

Welcombe Hills Country Park / Nature Reserve Deer in Winter Stratford upon Avon - January 19, 2015


Royal Parks deer cull figures revealed January 19, 2015 United Kingdom, Surrey Comet 
... An average of 293 deer were culled each year in the borough’s royal parks in the past decade, figures revealed.  Richmond Park saw an average of 203.1 deer culled each year from 2004-14, while Bushy Park had an average of 90.1 culled in the same period...

... Police are investigating claims that deer are being illegally poached and decapitated in order to trade their heads for drugs.  Farmers in the Gippsland area of south-eastern Victoria, have reportedly discovered piles of headless deer ...

... Only 17% of people in Britain believe it should be legal to kill deer, despite the fact that control of the mammals has been permitted for centuries and is seen as vital for the good of the countryside and the health of the herd...

Jobs at risk from ‘excessive deer culling’ December 28, 2014 United Kingdom, The Scotsman 
... The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) believes that culls carried out by conservation bodies such as the John Muir Trust are to blame for a shortage of deer on the hills.... in certain areas, red deer are being culled to such a level that communities which are reliant on deer stalking for much-needed revenue are suffering...

Durham crowbar deer-death police face disciplinary hearing December 16, 2014 United Kingdom, BBC 
... The Durham Police firearms officers had been dispatched to destroy the animal ... it is understood that, instead of using a firearm, the officers used a crowbar to kill it...

Deer park of the Welsh princes discovered in Gwynedd December 15, 2014 United Kingdom, Daily Post 
... The 13th century Royal deer park, called Plas Brynkir, was probably built at Bryncir near Porthmadog during the reign of Llywelyn Fawr. It has been dated to pre-1230 when Llywelyn moved his regional centre to Criccieth...

... A Scottish conservation charity has backed a government proposal which could see a strengthening of laws to force landowners to cull deer...

Chinese water deer November 24, 2014 United Kingdom, theguardian.com
... The Chinese Water Deer Hydropotes inermis has tusks rather than antlers, making it the most primitive of the deer species and therefore a biologically important animal.  In Britain they are firmly established in the wild despite being classed as an invasive species ...

Combing the Quantocks' valleys for deer counts - how many are there? November 16, 2014 United Kingdom, WesternDailyPress 
... the deer counters ... an annual count of red deer since 1994, painting a picture of the health of the herd... a high of 958 deer – made up of 777 hinds and calves and 181 stags and prickets – in 2005 ... while the proportion of all females to males stands at 2.25 to 1, the proportion of hinds to active stags over four years old – crucial to understanding the potential breeding success of the herd – was closer to 10 to 1.

Arne Nature Reserve in Dorset is the perfect place to go if you want to see some deer! And this is the perfect time of year too! These Sika deer were introduced to Britain from Japan as ornamental animals in parklands, but have since established themselves in the wild.



Red deer counters keep an eye on the numbers and health of the Quantock herd November 11, 2014 United Kingdom, WestMorningNews
... From a high of 958 deer – made up of 777 hinds and calves and 181 stags and prickets – in 2005, the year the ban on traditional stag hunting came into force, deer numbers on the Quantocks have steadily fallen, according to the count.  Fog skewed the results in 2012, making the final figure of 306, just 26 of them males ...

Aggressive Chinese water deer attempts to sink its fangs into this friendly 'Bambi' doe before the young fawn manages to get the hell out of there. Filmed at Wilstone Reservoir near Tring, Herts UK - November 3, 2014



Family of late Highlander launch fund to protect deer October 31, 2014 Scotland, Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
... The family of late Highlander Lea MacNally, for whom Prince Charles once stalked as mark of respect, has inaugurated a fighting fund to highlight and tackle serious problems facing native red deer... "Conservation groups are battening on deer as a whole and treating them as vermin...

Poachers unleashing coursing dogs on herds of fallow deer October 9, 2014 United Kingdom, WestMorningNews 
... A herd of fallow deer in a Westcountry park have been set upon by thugs with dogs, leaving two dead and two so badly injured they had to be destroyed...

Acorns in short supply, say Forestry Commission and naturalists September 25, 2014 United Kingdom, theguardian.com 
... The idea goes like this: in a ‘mast’ year, predators like squirrels and deer can’t eat all the acorns, so they leave some nuts for growing into future oak trees. Years of lean acorn production keep predator populations low, so there are fewer animals to eat all the seeds in a mast year....

'Join the fight against deer poaching' September 23, 2014 United Kingdom, middevongazette.co.uk 
... Members of the public are being asked for help in a crackdown on the illegal hunting of Exmor's red deer... The public seminar will take place in Exford Village Hall on Wednesday, October 15 from 7:30pm.  There is no need to book and anyone with an interest in the welfare of Exmoor's red deer is welcome...

Wildlife Watch - the secretive deer September 23, 2014 United Kingdom, Courier.co.uk 
... Roe deer are one of only two deer native to Great Britain. Unlike its larger cousin, the red deer, roe deer tend to be solitary and secretive for much of the year. Therefore, very few people have seen a roe deer, despite them being our most populous deer with over 500,000 living out in the wild...

Deer could be culled on Ashdown Forest 'to improve health of the herd' September 23, 2014 United Kingdom, Courier.co.uk 
... It is estimated that 20 female deer will need to be killed on the public areas of the forest in order to have a healthy population. While it is difficult to properly record their numbers there are thought to be 6,000 deer on the forest as a whole. [Show us the science that demonstrates a cull of 20 will benefit the remaining deer] ... What do you think about the proposed cull? E-mail your views on the issue to editor@eg courier.co.uk

... The roe deer came to Foxy Lodge, in Newport Road, when she was just a few hours old. She was born with her mother’s dying breath after she was hit by a car and killed on the A11 near Thetford...

Deer farming gains ground September 4, 2014 United Kingdom, The Scottish Farmer 
... Retail sales of venison have increased by over 400% in the UK over the last year - but to cope with this demand, UK suppliers have been importing ever more venison from New Zealand, Poland, Ireland and Spain...

A young deer was trapped in a 10 inch wide, 12 foot deep gap, between a shed and a brick wall. It was so narrow that no one could have got down to the deer. After much consideration and discussion, a risky but ingenious plan was formed. There was only one chance to get this right; had it gone wrong, the deer would, almost certainly, have broken a leg or, worse still, died. - September 4, 2014



Wildlife Aid were called to a school in Surrey to rescue a roe deer that was unable to get out of a playground. There was a lot of blood on the ground, so the team was worried the deer might be injured. When they finally caught him, they discovered that the blood was from his hooves and not from a fresh wound. They released him in a field nearby, after draining all the energy out of Lucy, the vet nurse! - September 1, 2014



... Marketed as ‘for the individualist’, a collection of deer fur clutch bags and iPad cases has been designed by Rosemary Hobrough – whose husband is a deer stalker... a spokesman from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has urged people to boycott the products...

... Wealthy Chinese tourists are splashing out up to £100,000 on hunting trips to Scotland, so they can feel like Downton Abbey's Earl of Grantham ... 'We kit them out with the tweeds and set them up on a private estate so they can be laird for a week. It's the ultimate experience.' ...

Urban Deer Awareness Day - East Kilbride, 2014. Andrew Treadaway of SRUC Barony Campus presentation about the need for urban deer management and high standards, the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Scotland), urban deer species and habitat. - August 10, 2014



Durham Police officers probed over deer 'crowbar death' July 30, 2014 United Kingdom, BBC 
... Two Durham Police firearms officers may face criminal charges after they allegedly used a crowbar to kill an injured deer.  The officers had been dispatched to destroy the stricken animal, which had apparently been hit by a vehicle...



Luxury hunting and fishing estates hit record high price July 25, 2014 Scotland, theguardian.com 
... Booming demand for hunting, shooting and fishing estates has effectively pushed the price of catching a single salmon to £10,000 and shooting a stag to £45,000.... The value of salmon rivers, trout chalk streams, grouse moors and Scottish red deer stalking estates, which slumped after the 2008 financial crash, has soared to a new peak this year ... 

This roe deer was swimming up and down the river, unable to get out. With the help of the RSPCA, Simon rescued the deer from the water and released it on dry land! - July 24, 2014



Deer call over protected forests July 23, 2014 United Kingdom, MailOnline
... A decades-long study of national parks in Ireland .. Researcher Dr Miles Newman said deer grazing at the correct level is highly important for the conservation of native oak woodlands... Exclusion of large herbivores: Long-term changes within the plant community was published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management

Aberdeen, Anger over huge fall in Aberdeen’s deer population July 18, 2014 United Kingdom, Evening Express
... Suzanne Kelly blamed controversial deer-control measures for the reduction in the animals at heritage spots across the city... 

In this programme, we follow Johnny's progress over the last fifteen years and his attempts to film Red Deer across the changing seasons. - July 15, 2014



... The Commission culls 30,000 deer a year, a figure that could now be set to rise in some areas... If deer are in balance with the environment then any browsing or grazing is acceptable... Forest management officer Bruce Sewell said: "It's reckoned there's something like 750,000 deer in Scotland... 

RSPCA criticised as injured deer ‘left to suffer’ in Accrington June 19, 2014 United Kingdom, This is Lancashire 
... Staff members spent much of the day trying to comfort and restrain the agitated animal which had an injured leg and a bleeding mouth.  RSPCA officers showed up with shotguns approximately six hours after employees claim they contacted them...

... Wildlife volunteers came to the rescue of a deer in Hailsham after it got its antlers entangled in a child's football goal... [see video below]


Sellafield in new row over culled roe deer April 30, 2014 United Kingdom, in-cumbria.com
... Member of the group Marianne Birkby claimed Sellafield enticed new wildlife into the area with new woodland and then trapped them with new fences.  She said: “They’ve now been killed and tissue harvested from the increasingly threatened native roe deer...

Be Deer aware, RSPCA urges drivers April 15, 2014 United Kingdom, ITV 
... up to 74,000 deer-vehicle collisions every year in the UK - around 80% of which are in England... "We urge drivers to slow down in spring and autumn month, which are the peak for these kind of incidents ...

Sellafield, Nuclear site deer culled April 11, 2014 United Kingdom, The Westmorland Gazette
... Initially Sellafield said between five and 12 deer were involved but it turned out just three were trapped...

... “In a world where there were no deer at all, we might lose some our plant diversity,” said ecologist Susan Cook-Patton of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, co-author of an April 8 Proceedings of the Royal Society B study describing the findings ... they found that the high-diversity plots actually did much better when deer had grazed in them. According to Cook-Patton, that’s because deer appetites prevented hardy, fast-growing species from proliferating...

Three deer culled at Sellafield April 3, 2014 United Kingdom, ITV
... The animals were killed after they were trapped between two fences on the site...

... The 16-year-old red deer, known locally as The Monarch, was badly wounded by a shot to the head in the New Forest, Hampshire, and fled to the safety of a lake where he drowned....

Police crackdown on deer poaching in Forest of Dean March 7, 2014 United Kingdom, BBC
... The Deer Initiative said poaching is being carried out on a "semi industrial scale" due to the rise in the price of venison, and a carcass can fetch up to £200 on the black market...

Animal rights group PETA joins fight to stop Sellafield deer cull September 27, 2014 United Kingdom, News and Star 
... The latest group to take up the cause is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who have offered advice to Sellafield to remove the animals rather than shoot them...

Illegal snaring harming deer numbers in Scotland, SSPCA says February 27, 2014 United Kingdom, BBC Online 
... The Scottish SPCA ... has asked people to look out for snares and warned dog walkers to be vigilant. ... this type of activity is prevalent in East Ayrshire ...

... Hunters are using dogs to kill wild deer and sell their meat on the black market.  The trained dogs are being used in parts of Fife, particularly Wemyss, Cardenden, Leslie, Oakley and Saline, to chase and kill the deer...

Sellafield, Nuclear plant says it will not reverse deer cull decision despite weekend protest outside gates February 19, 2014 United Kingdom, Westmorland Gazette ·
... Mr Newell, who runs Humane Wildlife Solutions in the Scottish Borders, says he has offered several times to meet with Sellafield bosses to discuss a non-lethal solution to the deer trapped in the compound. ... Online Petition

... After Sellafield recently built two security fences at the site’s south perimeter, the herd of wild roe deer became trapped... When locals found out about the plans, however, they got together to try to stop the cull...

Sellafield, Vigil over planned deer cull at Sellafield February 16, 2014 United Kingdom, ITV
... A vigil is being held over a planned deer cull at Sellafield. Animal rights groups have condemned the decision to cull around 12 roe deer which are trapped between two fences at the west Cumbrian site.…

... male fallow deer ... can call for a mate more than 3000 times per hour during the rut ... new study, published today (10 February) in the journal Behavioral Ecology, scientists were able to gauge that fallow bucks listen to the sound quality of rival males' calls and evaluate how exhausted the caller is and whether they should fight or keep their distance...

UK data: About 1.5 to 2 million deer in the U.K. About 350,000 deer are culled each year in the UK. Scotland is home to about 750,000 wild deer, about 350,000 to 400,000 red deer. The roe deer is the smallest native British deer, about 500,000 in total throughout the United Kingdom. Details can be found at this link to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

The British Deer Society

The Deer Initiative:  a broad partnership of statutory, voluntary and private interests dedicated to "ensuring the delivery of a sustainable, well-managed wild deer population in England and Wales".

Deer management in Scotland is regulated under the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996, as amended by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.Scottish Natural Heritage assumed the role of providing advice to Scottish Ministers following its merger with the Deer Commission for Scotland on 1 August 2010. For further information on deer management is available on the Scottish Natural Heritage website. Counting Deer, wildlife information from Scottish National Heritage
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