United Kingdom Deer News

Tangled deer wrestles with wildlife rescuer! August 23, 2016 United Kingdom, Wildlife Aid
     We get called our to rescue deer trapped in a number of odd situations, but entanglement in fencing is, sadly, a common sight.  We were recently called out to rescue a young male deer that had become trapped in a rope fence. Simon and volunteer Louise rushed to the scene, where the deer was very tangled and very feisty!  With cutters in hand, Simon set to work, but the deer was not going to be set free easily...
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Deer being slaughtered in Wigan August 22, 2016 United Kingdom, Wigan Today
... he very first roe deer made a return to the borough two decades ago, much to the delight of naturalists.
The sightings were hailed as solid evidence of the progress the council’s massive environmental clean-up ... Mounds of bloody deer entrails have been found dumped in a park waste bin ...


... According to the researchers from the Wageningen University and Research Centre, the sika deer, agile wallaby, tamar wallaby, llama, and Asian palm civet are all suitable as pets...

Deer vision criticised July 7, 2016 United Kingdom, Herald Scotland
... section on deer which is most controversial, with the recommendation to: “Introduce mandatory management, monitoring and reporting of wild deer densities for landowners to ensure deer populations and densities are managed at truly sustainable levels.” ...

Landowners facing action on deer June 28, 2016 United Kingdom, Herald Scotland
... would require landowners to shoot more deer, failing that they would be fined and SNH would organise a cull.   At issue are the internationally important woodlands on the Assynt peninsula which SNH says are being seriously damaged by high numbers of grazing red deer...

Warning for dog owners during deer birthing season June 20, 2016 United Kingdom, East London and West Essex Guardian Series
... The birthing season for fawns generally runs from June until August...

Innovative device to stop deer deaths on Burntwood roads June 10, 2016 United Kingdom, Lichfield Mercury
... activated by approaching headlights, emits low level sound and light to deter deer from crossing into traffic... "The devices have been used in parts of Europe and have demonstrated an average of 90 per cent success rate with reducing deer-vehicle collisions." ...

This 5 minute documentary was produced by me for university work and is narrated by Dean Lomax. The piece covers the deer that can be found at Wollaton park and the pressure of keeping such places safe in a world that is becoming overpopulated. May 29, 2016


Dr Martin Bates and a team of archaeologists in the UWTSD faculty of humanities and performing arts are currently examining a large red deer skull and antlers that are believed to be around 4000 years old. - May 18, 2016 Wales


... An animal sanctuary on the rock guitarist’s Surrey estate is now looking after the traumatised animal ... throwing herself against fencing to escape... she was chased by dogs and children ...

4000-year-old red deer skull and antlers found in Borth April 28, 2016 United Kingdom, BBC News
... The forest and peat deposits either side of this channel date to between about 6,000 and 4,000 years ago - the time of the last hunter gatherers and the earliest farmers in Britain...

Police investigate after 200 farm deer make bid for freedom April 19, 2016 United Kingdom, The Lincolnite
... Many are still on the loose with around 120 recovered so far...

Colonization of the Scottish islands via long-distance Neolithic transport of red deer (Cervus elaphus)  DWG Stanton, JA Mulville, MW Bruford - Proc. R. Soc. B, 2016
... This study uses DNA sequences to characterise red deer genetic diversity across the Scottish islands ...Our results are also inconsistent with an origin from Ireland or Norway, suggesting long-distance maritime travel by Neolithic people to the outer Scottish Isles from an unknown source...

A study published April 6 in the "Proceedings of the Royal Society B" concludes that red deer on Scottish islands must have been transported by Stone Age seafarers from some far off place April 11, 2016



... Deer species once thought native to several Scottish islands may have been brought there by human hands, according to new genetic research into the subject... their general genetic profile is closest in line to red deer from western continental Europe...

...  Stags and hinds arrived with humans – but not from Scandinavia, nor from the British mainland.  And they can only have arrived by ship: transported by enterprising Neolithic colonists ... “long distance maritime travel by Neolithic people … from an unknown source.” ...

Number of Red Deer calves Bradgate Park drops after dogs chased them last year March 31, 2016 United Kingdom, Leicester Mercury
... there are only 12 Red Deer calves, compared to the 35 to 40 calves the park would expect to see ... Last year 30 Red Deer calves died at the park as a result of the stress of being chased by dogs...

Large, majestic and powerful, red deer are one of Scotland’s most iconic species. They live in our lush woodlands and forests, and every autumn they put on one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth - the rut. - March 25, 2016


National wildlife crime unit facing closure within weeks February 18, 2016 United Kingdom, The Guardian
   The national wildlife crime unit (NWCU) was established in 2006 to investigate offences including rare-bird egg theft, deer poaching, the trade in endangered species, hare coursing, illegal taxidermy and cruelty to wild …

Pregnant deer attacked by pet dog at nature reserve February 17, 2016 United Kingdom, The Oxford Times
... A heavily pregnant deer was left fighting for its life after being attacked by a dog in an Oxford nature reserve.  The gruesome incident happened at Aston’s Eyot wildlife reserve, a 30-acre patch of land next to Christ Church meadows ...

...   Royal Parks say such medication isn't licensed for use in the UK - and that the animals would suffer if they didn't regulate the population...

Deer price paid for cull on Assynt February 8, 2016 United Kingdom, The Scotsman
... without asking the neighbours whose livelihoods depend on having deer to stalk, JMT [ John Muir Trust] shot 86 deer (a lot) to protect a miserable patch of birch and occasional oak on land that forms a very small part of the Ardvar Woodland Site of Special Scientific Interest. The outraged neighbours ...

Deer campaigners call for contraception rather than a cull at Richmond Park February 3, 2016 United Kingdom, London Evening Standard 
... there actually is a humane alternative to culling.  “It’s called GonaCon it’s an immunocontraceptive that can be injected, darted into the deer ...

... Many of the female red hinds were “heavily pregnant” and should not have been targeted, Mr Hannigan said. He said the cull should concentrate on the “old and infirm” animals....

Fresh clash in Highland deer cull row January 14, 2016 United Kingdom, The Press and Journal
... the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has written an open letter to Scottish ministers attacking the John Muir Trust (JMT) over its cull ...  86 stags were shot by the charity at Li and Coire Dhorcail estate last summer – with many of the carcases being “left to rot” on the ground...

Campaigners' hope Bambi can scupper Kirklees housing plan for Huddersfield golf course January 13, 2016 United Kingdom, Huddersfield Examiner 
... The news that deer, a partially protected species, are roaming on the land has given hope to campaigners wanting to save the course from builders.  Wild deer are protected and cannot be shot or captured without a licence...

Deer found with stomach full of plastic bags at Bradgate Park January 6, 2015 United Kingdom, Leicester Mercury
... Dog walkers at Bradgate Park are being urged to clean up their act after more than a dozen plastic poo bags were found in the stomach of a deer yesterday...

... these amazing photographs hail from a bygone time - before the advent of the camera phone which would make Fenton such a sensation.  This collection date from the first half of the 20th century, showing park life hasn't changed much in the last century...

Call to investigate Highland deer cull after dozens of carcusses are left to rot on hill December 23, 2015 United Kingdom, The Press and Journal 
... The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) urged the Holyrood government to intervene after the Press and Journal reported last week that 86 stags were shot at Li and Coire Dhorcail this summer – and that many of the carcasses were left on the ground...

The Press and Journal
... Highland gamekeepers have accused a conservation charity of “destroying jobs” amid claims it has culled 86 red deer stags – and left most to “rot on the hill”....
 remains of large numbers of deer at the isolated Li and Coire Dhorrcail, on the north-west coast of Knoydart...

Villager Jim expresses sadness at large-scale Peak District deer cull December 19, 2015 United Kingdom, Buxton Advertiser 
... We revealed earlier this week how 63 red deer were killed last winter and a maximum of 112 will be destroyed this season....

New kits for deer rangers to tackle poachers December 18, 2015 United Kingdom, Staffordshire Newsletter
...  DNA from wounds suspected to have been caused by hunting dogs can be swabbed and recovered ammunition evidence can be sent off for analysis... it will possibly allow us to match-up a dead deer to the dog that killed it...

... Andrew Foots, 19, rescued Rudolph the fawn last month in Mansfield ... Authorities have seized the baby deer and won a court order it kill it ... Rudolph is being held at a secret location until the appeal in February ...

Deer rescues are always the most intense and rewarding ones, and this one is no exception. We were called out to check a female roe deer who was hit by a car. She had a few deep cuts on her head, so Simon decided to take her back to the hospital. Time is of the essence with deer, as they suffer from capture myopathy, which is a complex disease associated with the capture or handling of any wild animal. A deer can die of capture myopathy when too stressed. - December 17, 2015


Wildlife braces for winter as the frost begins to bite December 7, 2015 United Kingdom, The Guardian 
... red deer are wandering the open hill, rust on rust. They are segregated again, the stags huddled together after the excitement of the rut. Weighed down by their antlers, ribs protruding, they have lost their energy for hostility ...

Scots marksmen agree to spare rare deer from cull November 5, 2015 United Kingdom, The Scotsman
... The red deer - which is snow-white and has blue eyes ... White deer have been living in the glens of Arran for many years and are thought to be the result of a rare genetic strain...

I went down to Richmond Park to watch the Red Deer rut - October 23, 2015


Deer culls leave fawns left “to die a slow death from starvation” October 18, 2015 United Kingdom, Deadline News
... shot at night using a technique known as “lamping.” ... “The danger is that mothers can be shot, leaving dependent babies to die a slow death from starvation...

Mythical white deer captured on camera on Dartmoor October 14, 2015 United Kingdom, Express and Echo
... The white stag is usually a creature of myth and legend, but one has been spotted in West Devon by a wildlife author...

Revised Odiham deer park plans still opposed by campaigners October 12, 2015 United Kingdom, Get Hampshire 
... Mr Plumbe said the revised plan “still proposes urbanisation of the deer park by building eight houses and relies primarily on penning in a small herd of deer in a small part of the original deer park to subscribe to the fictional vision of restoring a heritage”..

Earl and Countess welcome you to their deer park - for the autumn rut October 7, 2015 United Kingdom, WestMorningNews
... The deer rut is underway, with the best chance of witnessing the spectacular event in a deer park... The Earl and Countess of Devon are personally welcoming visitors to the fallow deer rut at Powderham Castle this autumn...

JMT deny killing missing deer September 26, 2015 United Kingdom, northern-times.co.uk
... A sporting estate owner on the Assynt Peninsula last week claimed deer numbers had dropped in the area from 1419 to 881 over the 18-month period running up to November 2014...  the loss of deer would badly impact on the local economy and said it would affect not just supposedly “rich” landowners but also crofters who make up Assynt Crofters’ Trust...

... It was a blow to its rear legs, which looked like they had both been broken,” said Mr Claesen.  “It tried scrambling across the road, but not successfully...

... The volunteer, who grew up on the estate, said: “They are going to kill about 680 fallow deer, and the head count of all the deer that live there is 950 I believe.  “They’re going to wipe out two-thirds of the population ...

New row over deer fencing to protect ancient Assynt woods September 14, 2015 United Kingdom, BBC
... In 2012, crofters called on the John Muir Trust (JMT) to protect woods on its Quinag Estate in Assynt against deer by using fences and not a cull.  Deer numbers have "plummeted" since ...

... Mian Zeshan Shahid inexpertly sliced the animal's throat on Christmas Eve and then posted pictures on a Facebook page ... was given a four-month sentence, suspended for two years, and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to two deer-related charges ...

... a young female deer allowed a crow to clean out her ears as she stood grazing with her parents ... at Bushy Park near Hampton Court.

... The butchered remains were found on the edge of Gosforth nature reserve in Newcastle, which was founded in 1929, making it one of the oldest reserves in the country...

The Future of Deer Management in South West Scotland August 26, 2015 The Galloway Gazette
... The Chairman of the South West Scotland Deer Management Group, Maitland Rankin said this week that anyone with deer on their land now has a responsibility to manage those deer populations ... Further important reference is the Deer Code, also obtainable from SNH or via http://www.snh.gov.uk/land-and-sea/managing-wildlife/managing-deer/code-of-deer-management/

Wokingham deer moved safely out of allotments August 26, 2015 United Kingdom, Reading Post
... "We formed a cordon around the allotments and tried to herd it through the back of the site... "After the deer had left the site we secured the area with mesh...

Romford Recorder
... at Dagnam Park and the Manor nature reserve in Harold Hill.  Residents have also reportedly found the heads of decapitated deer whose bodies had been taken away by poachers for meat...

Deer prints found on Roman roof tile at Chedworth villa August 25, 2015 United Kingdom, BBC
... A deer hoof print has been found on a 1,600 year-old roof tile ... "This looks like perhaps a Roe deer walked across and mucked up the surface of the tile, but it's quite nice to see it." ...

Wokingham, Petition to stop lonely deer shooting attracts 120,000 names August 20, 2015 United Kingdom, BBC 
... Kate Jakubiszyn ... said: "Killing a deer because she has been eating a few runner beans is not acceptable."  She wants the council to look at other options, such as improving fences around the allotment site...
Petition launched to save stray Wokingham deer from being shot poised to reach 100,000 signatures August 18, 2015 United Kindom, Reading Post
... This has caused outrage among many of the town's residents and those from further afield...If you would like to sign the petition, click here...

Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals August 17, 2015 United Kingdom, Science Daily
... bucks treated lower pitched and longer calls as more threatening ...

Wokingham's lonely deer may be shot to protect people's allotments August 14, 2015 United Kingdom, Reading Post 
... The female roe deer has become separated from its herd ...  "I hope a solution can be reached where the poor animal isn't killed for eating some runner beans...

Deer culled by RSPB 'suffered slow deaths' October 8, 2015 United Kingdom, Daily Telegraph 
... Whereas the lead bullets killed deer within four seconds, and often instantly, Mr O'Brien said that 26 out of 39 deer culled with the copper ammunition during the 2010-11 season survived for at least 10 seconds after being shot, with some running for 40 seconds or more before collapsing...

... Even when it reaches maturity it will only be the size of a rabbit and is one of the smallest hoofed mammals in the world.  It will grow to a maximum weight of only about 5 pounds (2.5 kg) in adulthood, and its legs will be no bigger than the circumference of a pencil...

Deer stalking is no longer the preserve of the wealthy and the aristocracy August 4, 2015 Herald Scotland
... thinks that deer culling is elitist and the latter that deer in the wild managed themselves quite well before human exploitation and encroachment came along. It might have been the case 50 years ago that deer stalking was the preserve of the wealthy ... but that is far from true today...

Urban Wildlife Should be Cherished for the Ecological Benefits July 17, 2015 United Kingdom, Clean Tech 
... Lead author Dr Carl Soulsbury, a conservation biologist based in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln ...  there is a growing body of evidence that indicates the presence and viewing of urban wildlife is beneficial for human mental health and psychological wellbeing...

... Elwyn Wayne Ingram, 45, of The Willows Caravan Park, Sandhurst Lane, Longford, can be seen straddling the Roe deer and covering its mouth with his hands until it suffocated to death... the animal kicking and struggling as Ingram's companions laugh, joke and jeer...

Exmoor's red deer herd is in good shape, annual count reveals July 19, 2015 United Kingdom, Western Morning News
... a population of around 3,300 ... The stag distribution appears to have moved from the locations of highest risk of being shot to the more remote counting areas, where hunting interests – and therefore the protection of the herd – is strong...

... the deer culls have been carried out in Mugdock Country Park in East Dunbartonshire and Callendar Park in Falkirk.  The animals are shot using a controversial technique known as lamping.  The practice involves shining bright spotlights at the animals, which causes them to freeze meaning they can be easily picked off...

Bradgate Park dog policy not changing July 3, 2015 United Kingdom, Loughborough Echo
...  will not force dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead following a steep drop in deer attacks.  Back in May, the Echo reported that the Bradgate Park Trust was looking into a ‘dog on lead’ policy after around 20 to 30 deer died as a result of dog chases ...

Scotland: is it time to run for the hills? July 2, 2015 Country Life 
... The successful character assassination of red deer by Scottish Natural Heritage and environmental groups, transforming them from monarchs of the glen into vermin on the ben, will apply to deer-forest owners by extension. Failure to comply with a deer-control scheme will leave an owner open to a fine of up to £40,000 or three months in clink ...

Formal bid to bring back lynx to Scotland expected this summer June 23, 2015 Scotland, Deadline News
... could see the big cats roam Britain for the first time in 1,300 years... It is argued the creatures would help control deer population while having a ‘lynx effect’ on tourists...

Tories renew vow to hold vote on repealing the hunting ban June 18, 2015 United Kingdom, ITV
... More than 350,000 people have so far signed a Change.org petition calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to abandon his plans for a vote on repealing the Hunting Act 2004, which outlawed the hunting of wild animals - including foxes, deer and hares - with dogs...

Another amazing animal rescue from the Wildlife Aid Foundation, this time there's a male stag roe deer stuck between a gate and the gate post! - June 18, 2015



... Police are now hunting the thieves who struck at New Fargie near Glenfarg sometime overnight on Friday.  The thieves cut their way into a deer enclosure ...

... The Hebridean island of Rum hosts the world’s longest running research study of a deer population ... Red deer in Scotland are emblematic of wild places, and the deer research on Rum remains in the top cadre of scholarship. We hope this publication marks a new beginning in helping us manage deer sustainably ...

... Cruel thugs filmed themselves torturing and killing a young deer - strangling the defenceless animal, punching it int he face and standing on its neck.  The “horrific” footage left a police officer feeling physically sick ...

Responsible dog owners helping to protect deer at Bradgate Park May 17, 2015 United Kingdom, Leicester Mercury
... A country park where dozens of wild deer have died as a result of dog attacks says responsible pet-owners are putting pressure on those who allow their animals to run out of control...

Amble fisherman spots three deer swimming in the North Sea May 16, 2015 United Kingdom, The Chronicle 
...  “I was leaving Amble harbour and was just outside the piers when I saw them... Roe deer are one of Britain’s native deer species ... an estimated 500,000 roe deer in Britain...

Sickening mound of mutilated deer carcasses found amid dog-hunting fears May 15, 2015 United Kingdom, The Daily Express 
... The shocking image shows the wild animals chopped up and dumped in a muddy ditch near Poole in Dorset, with dog bites covering their lifeless bodies...

... "We have an estimate of over 1.5 million deer in the UK... sadly deer-vehicle collisions account for 1 in every 5 deer killed. This spring alone near 20,000 deer are likely to be killed on UK roads. The daily peak is at dawn and dusk when deer are most active." ... Dr Jochen Langbein ...

Deer deaths could see dogs forced onto leads at Bradgate Park May 11, 2015 United Kingdom, Hinckley Times 
... Over the winter, it is estimated that between 20 and 30 deer were killed as a result of being chased by dogs.  Worried about the arrival of new-born deer in June and July, the park management is considering implementing the draconian measures...

Fenton Effect? Dogs Chasing Deer To Deaths May 8, 2015 United Kingdom, Sky News HD 
... Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, which has around 500 deer, blames out-of-control dogs for the deaths of between 20 and 30 of its herd in the last few months.  The latest death occurred last week when a dog chased a deer into a brick wall...

... "This spring alone near 20,000 deer are likely to be killed on UK roads. The daily peak is at dawn and dusk when deer are most active.” ...Be aware that further deer may well cross after the one you may have noticed, as deer will more often move around in groups than alone... After dark, do use full-beams when there is no opposing traffic...

Residents' reactions to deer deaths at Bradgate Park May 6, 2015 United Kingdom, Loughborough Echo
... Bradgate Park are looking into a ‘dog on lead’ policy after around 20 to 30 deer have died as a result of dog chases ... 

... since we published our story online with Mr Symonds' picture - hordes of people have commented on the Kent and Sussex Courier Facebook page. One person even said they had called their local white deer 'Harvey' with others suggesting other pet names...

Odiham deer park plans go on display to the public May 1, 2015 United Kingdom, Get Hanpshire 
... Proposals to reintroduce deer on land that sits between Odiham and neighbouring North Warnborough were shown during exhibitions at the Vine Church in London Road, Odiham last Friday from 1pm-8pm and the following day between 10am-2pm...

... Poachers have shot and stolen up to 20 wild deer from the country estate of an aristocrat in Malmesbury, Wiltshire...

... The island, called Jura, sits in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland and boasts a mountainous landscape with a large population of red deer.. an incredible 6,000 deer to just 200 people...

Burnham, Injured deer nursed back to health after police rescue April 25, 2015 United Kingdom, Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News 
... When officers arrived, they discovered it was in need of care and alerted Secret World Wildlife Rescue. They arranged for a volunteer to bring the animal to their centre, where they have a dedicated deer unit...

The Hunting Act has worked now let's strengthen it April 25, 2015 United Kingdom, thejournal.co.uk
... the Hunting Act ...  made it illegal to hunt a wild mammal with a pack of dogs ...  86% think stag hunting should remain illegal and even more ...

Deer could return to Odiham park under renovation plans April 23, 2015 United Kingdom, Get Hanpshire 
... The deer park was first created in the twelfth century to cater for the royal love of hunting, but for the past 400 years the land has been used for agriculture purposes... Deer ... would be introduced to the land slowly allowing time for the natural growth of the herd and for the flora and fauna to adapt...

Review of controversial Aberdeen deer culling scheme to be completed this year April 22, 2015 United Kingdom, Aberdeen Evening Express
... Deer have been culled on Aberdeen’s Tullos Hill to protect saplings planted as part of the Tree for Every Citizen project.  A petition was submitted to Aberdeen City Council calling on a halt to all deer culling in the city...

... Campaigners have warned there may now be as few as 19 roe deer left as a result of regular population management... The petition has been heard and we’ve moved on ...

Aberdeen council challenged over Tullos Hill deer cull April 21, 2015 United Kingdom, BBC
... A total of 430 people have signed a petition asking the council to reconsider plans to cull roe deer on Tullos Hill...

... 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 ...

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. The roe deer became extinct in England during the 18th Century, but survived in woodland in parts of the central and north west Highlands. 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
    Report on Management of Deer at Mar Lodge in Scotland highlights the importance of fencing.

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