United Kingdom Deer News

... 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...


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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

Lowland Deer Network, Scotland News and information.

Report on Management of Deer at Mar Lodge in Scotland highlights the importance of fencing.

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