United Kingdom Deer News

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...

... Deer culls have fallen in the past decade ... Deer Management Groups (DMGs) should make themselves more transparent and accountable to the public or face the risk of statutory regulation, the committee has recommended...

... A ‘PET’ stag nicknamed Rudolph has been mauled to death by a dog ...The deer are really popular with the children who visit... The CCTV footage shows a group of men using wirecutters to break into the enclosure next to the garden centre in Thorney Edge Road.  They then set their dog onto the stag ...

Deer antler found on beach believed to be 6,000 years old January 30, 2014 United Kingdom, cambrian-news.co.uk
... Prof Henry Lamb, of Aberystwyth University, said he believed that the antler belonged to a red deer... In January 1919, the Cambrian News reported on a similar find of deer antlers on the beach... 

Exotic deer in Lancashire woodland January 30, 2013 United Kingdom, Lancashire Evening Post 
... The exotic Muntjac deer have been spotted at Nab Wood, close to Brockholes ... The deer are believed to have escaped from private collections ... Muntjac deer were 
released or escaped 
after being introduced to Woburn Park, in Bedfordshire, in the early 1900s. ...

Sellafield, Cull of trapped deer will go-ahead say Sellafield bosses January 29, 2014 United Kingdom, News and Star ·
...  Controversial plans to shoot a herd of trapped roe deer at Sellafield as led to a storm of protests – but bosses at the nuclear plant say the cull will still go ahead... In just one week, hundreds of people have voiced their anger at the cull ...

Sellafield, Plea to Queen legend Brian May to help save Sellafield deer January 27, 2014 United Kingdom, News and Star 
... Sellafield has revealed that the wild roe deer, trapped between two fences at the nuclear plant, are to be shot ... Animal rights campaigners fighting to stop a herd of deer being culled have turned to legendary Queen guitarist Brian May for help...

Sellafield, Angry reaction to proposals for Sellafield deer cull January 24, 2014 United Kingdom, ITV 
... A row has broken out over plans to cull a herd of deer at the Sellafield nuclear site. The herd has become trapped in woodland between the original perimeter fence, and a newly installed second barrier.  Sellafield says it has been advised by experts that killing the deer is the most humane option, but there's been an angry reaction from environmental campaigners and some local people...

Scotland’s gamekeepers condemn deer cull January 23, 2014 Scotland, Courier 
... The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has condemned a race against time to slaughter almost 700 female deer and their calves in the Angus Glens for raising “serious welfare issues” for the animals... Glenisla estates owner Major John Gibb said the only way to hit SNH’s “out of date” target now is by “cruel” mass slaughter...

Landowners urged to work together to keep deer herd in good health January 21, 2014 Britain, Western Morning News 
... One problem John believes is putting the herd out of balance is trophy hunting, where guides take out paying stalkers looking to shoot a stag or buck because it has an impressive set of antlers that will look good on the wall. “The guides have got the make money – it is their business,” he said. “But the best way to control the deer is by culling the females and that is the responsible thing to do, not just take bucks and stags.” ...

White deer believed to be first born at Normanby Hall Country Park in 50 years January 19, 2014 United Kingdom, Grimsby Telegraph 
... TWO white deer have boosted the Golden Jubilee celebrations at North Lincolnshire’s top tourism attraction – Normanby Hall Country Park... “The deer are a very important part of the park and are extremely popular with visitors ... Visitors are welcome to walk through the extensive deer park ...

Forestry Commission Scotland’s £5m from deer culls January 14, 2014 Scotland, Scotsman.com 
... Around 30,000 deer are shot on national forestry estate land each year in order to prevent overpopulation and to protect the 85 million young trees growing.  A large proportion are sold on to meat dealers ... The cull Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) property last year brought in £1.52 million compared to £991,000 in 2009...

Do we want wolves? January 6, 2014 Scotland, thescottishfarmer.co.uk
...  researchers at the University of Manchester have set up an online poll to gauge public opinion about wolf reintroduction, and compare peoples' perception of the threats they might pose with the reality of wolf behaviour in areas where they already roam free....  research shows that the deer population is too dense in the Highlands...

Do Red Deer Stags (Cervus elaphus) Use Roar Fundamental Frequency (F0) to Assess Rivals?   M Garcia, BD Charlton, MT Wyman, WT Fitch, D Reby - PLOS ONE, 2013 [HTML]
It is well established that in humans, male voices are disproportionately lower pitched than female voices, and recent studies suggest that this dimorphism in fundamental frequency (F0) results from both intrasexual (male competition) and intersexual (female mate choice) selection for lower pitched voices in men. However, comparative investigations indicate that sexual dimorphism in F0 is not universal in terrestrial mammals....  Our results show that stags’ responses (latencies and durations of attention, vocal and approach responses) were not affected by the F0 of the roar. This suggests that intrasexual selection is unlikely to strongly influence the evolution of roar F0 in Scottish red deer stags ...

Man arrested over ‘barbaric shooting’ of deer with crossbow December 30, 2013 United Kingdom, The Independent 
... a member of the public had seen a man in hunting gear allegedly acting suspiciously, and moments later saw a deer running away with what looked like a crossbow bolt in its head.... “We know that the deer has a crossbow bolt in its head, but we don't know the severity of the injury. It's possible that we could still save the animal if we found it ...

WildlifeAid.org December 25, 2013



Gangs of poachers 'systematically slaughtering Britain's red deer population November 22, 2013 United Kingdom, Daily Telegraph 
... The gangs are using telescopic rifles with night sights, crossbows, powerful lamps and 4x4 vehicles to hunt down and kill the animals. They then sell the meat to "unscrupulous" butchers, dealers and restaurants ...

Deer at Croes Robert reserve filmed by Keith Allen - November 29, 2013



Stalkers right to shoot orphan deer November 18, 2013 Scotland, BBC Online
 ... Young deer should also be killed when their mothers are shot, according to scientists. Research carried out on the Isle of Rum in Scotland showed that orphaned deer were much less likely to survive than those with their mother's care …

... Scotland’s landowners and gamekeepers warned about the harm this would cause the £105 million stalking industry and the 2,520 jobs it is estimated to support...

Row over committee chairman's comments on deer control November 11, 2013 Scotland, Herald Scotland
...  a spokesman for the ­Scottish Gamekeepers Association said Mr Gibson's comments appeared to be a calculated attempt to ­influence the committee ... Mr Gibson previously prepared a paper for the committee calling for the voluntary Deer Management Groups (DMGs) to be brought under the control of the Scottish Parliament ...

Deer management to be scrutinised by MSPs next week November 9, 2013 United Kingdom, northern-times.co.uk 
... The effectiveness of the current system of managing Scotland’s deer population is to be scrutinised by MSPs on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee next week...

Why are Britain's conservation groups so lacking in ambition? October 18, 2013 United Kingdom, theguardian.com 
... Only three of the mammal species listed in the Rewilding Europe report are thriving in Britain: the grey seal, the roe deer and the red deer. The red deer's enhanced population here (it has more than doubled in the Scottish Highlands since 1965) is, paradoxically, a result of the abuse and neglect of the natural world....  Stalking estates boost their numbers by feeding them in the winter. They also use funnel fencing and salt licks to provide what is in essence canned hunting to the City boys who come to shoot them ... 

Tension and testosterone levels are rising amongst the red deer stags in the Highlands, as the annual rut gets well underway at the Highland Wildlife Park. The rut is an annual occurrence for red deer, meaning that the breeding season has kicked off. Rutting sees top stags competing for dominance and control of the hinds. As the weather grows colder the rut will grow more intense. For more information about the Highland Wildlife Park and the animals, please visit: http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk October 18, 2013



Making use of an extensive network of volunteer birdwatchers, this study illustrates how a large-scale monitoring scheme originally designed for common breeding birds can be adapted to also provide robust monitoring data for medium- to large-sized, easily detectable terrestrial mammals. Compared with bird monitoring, the monitoring of common and widespread terrestrial mammals is rarely carried out using a well-designed sampling design and is largely restricted to sites selected by the observer or biased towards particular habitats of interest, making it difficult to know whether trends are representative of the populations of interest.... Here, we present population trends at national and regional scales for nine species of common mammal over the first 18 years of BBS mammal monitoring and examine these in relation to our current knowledge on these species...

John Muir Trust attacked in Assynt deer cull row October 11, 2013 Scotland, Sutherland Northern Times
... neighbouring estate owners claim the increased cull would impact on their deer figures and also on the wider economy.  They believe that the solution would be to erect temporary fencing round the woodland... Andy Hibbert, owner of Loch Assynt Lodge Estate, said: “The number of stags is definitely way down this year. I am heartbroken about it ...

Charlecote deer safely fenced in October 8, 2013 United Kingdom, Leamington Observer
A project to restore the deer fencing at the National Trust property was expected to take ten years, but was completed in just eight months , thanks to a £65,000 grant from Natural England. The grant covered 80 per cent of the cost of the new fencing with the remainder coming from National Trust coffers.  Charlecote Park has been home to a herd of fallow deer for centuries – perhaps as far back as the 1400s ...

Red deer are making a comeback September 30, 2013 United Kingdom, durhamtimes.co.uk
...  Extinct in England by 1800 as a result of over hunting, roe deer populations survived in parts of Scotland. Following reintroductions in the Victorian period and the natural recolonisation of England by animals moving down from the Scottish population, roe deer are now very well established in England. The current population is estimated to be approximately 500,000...

Deer rutting season begins in Scotland September 26, 2013 United Kingdom, Carrick Today
... October to early November is the peak of the red deer rutting season and the clash of antlers will be heard for miles around as Britain’s largest land animals battle for dominance and for the female herd.  One of the best places to hear the impressive roaring and clashing in Scotland this autumn is Galloway Forest Park ...

Wild deer 'cash cow' warning September 19, 2013 Scotland, The Scottish Farmer
... The inclusion of deer farming in the reformed CAP could encourage sporting estates to fence in wild deer in order to receive SFP, the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association has warned... 

Deer rutting boost for Scottish tourism September 16, 2013, BBC News
... an increasing number of people are happy to pay simply to watch the animals at close quarters.  Many sporting estates are now offering to take tourists on "wildlife safaris".  
The red deer rut is one of the most dramatic sights in the Scottish wildlife calendar, with the season usually beginning in September and peaking in October...

College's deer say hello for snacks September 16, 2013 United Kingdom, Oxfod Mail
Deer  have roamed the grounds of Magdalen College, Oxford, for 200 years – and probably much longer. It is known that there was a herd there when George III visited the college in 1786 ... 

Wildlife management, deer September 14, 2013 Scotland, The Economist
... sporting estates want to see around 12 deer per square kilometre, conservationists around four... Fencing offers a solution but it can confuse the deer and separate them from lower-lying ground, making life harder for them in winter. A spokesman for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association says this is an excuse used by those that favour culling. Others say fencing can be a good short-term compromise: once forests are established deer can be let back in...

Deer at the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club - September 2013



New dawn for deer September 5, 2013 Scotland, The Scottish Farmer
... With Venison demand higher than ever before and more support on its way from the government, things are starting to look brighter for deer farmers...  "It's interesting to think that Glensaugh started in the 1960s and we led the world in venison production. New Zealand exports have risen by 41% and the demand is unprecedented." ...

Dog hunting thugs butcher deer near a Milngavie school September 6, 2013 United Kingdom, Milngavie Herald
... Sick thugs savaged a defenceless deer with dogs - before butchering it and leaving the gruesome remains near a Milngavie primary school. The terrified animal  was hunted down by a gang with high-powered spotlights, who watched while hounds ripped it to pieces....

Deer cull groups to face MSP challenge August 23, 2013 Scotland, Herald Scotland
... More than 60 deer management groups (DMGs) have been set up voluntarily over the past 30 years... Richard Cooke, chairman of the Association of Deer Management Groups, said the association acknowledged the equal legitimacy of all management objectives and frequently emphasised the necessity of open communication and compromise...

... Scientists have been studying the red deer population on the Isle of Rum since 1953...  The climate change research is based on data gathered since 1980.... Scientists monitor deer living in the north of Rum every day of the year and are able to identify the animals by sight... The rutting season on Rum ... has been followed by millions of viewers to the BBC's Autumnwatch series...

SN Heritage - 2013
... Stakeholders’ concerns varied between conflicts and depended on their interests. 
However, there were a number of common threads. Generally there was a lack of trust 
among stakeholder groups towards SNH. Stakeholders often disagreed about the 
evidence and ignored or dismissed the science. There was concern amongst 
stakeholders that local knowledge was too readily dismissed. Indeed, in situations where stakeholders and scientists did come together, agreed evidence took the heat out of conflict. There was recognition that mitigation needs to be tailored to each specific conflict and that dialogue needs to be constructive and well managed...

Lost 'Royal Deer Park' Discovered in Wales July 26, 2013 United Kingdom, The Epoch Times
... The 13th century deer park is in Brynkir in North Wales,... Mark Baker ... ”The park seems to be an egg-shape field, with a narrow area where the deer were tended to, and a wider part into which they were released for hunts.” ...

Taking the deer trail at Tatton Park July 12, 2013 United Kingdom, Winsford Guardian
...Deer have been roaming in Tatton Park for centuries. Native red deer were introduced to the historic estate in 1290 by royal charter ... Now 750,000 visitors a year enjoy the parkland where the deer, the estate’s oldest residents, have virtually the entire 1,000 acre estate at their disposal...

Deer In The Grounds Of Raby Castle - July, 2013


Scottish Deer outside the Kings House Hotel in Glencoe, Scotland - July 15, 2013


Young deer rescued by wildlife carers near Burnham-On-Sea July 12, 2013 United Kingdom, Burnham-On-Sea
... The pair of fallow fawns has arrived at Secret World in East Huntspill [looking for volunteers].  One was found in Dorset, incredibly thin and dehydrated, and the other came from West Sussex and had a blocked urethra which meant his bladder had to be flushed, but both are now thriving, said the charity this week...

Me and my friends were out walking on a hot summer day along The Chepping Wycombe Railway Line Conservation Path in Loudwater, Buckinghamshire, when we saw this amazing sight! We couldn't believe how tame she was! - July 15, 2013


Deer emerging from the sea at Sandbanks amazes onlookers July 12, 2013 United Kingdom, Bournemouth Echo
... People on Poole's prestigious Sandbanks peninsula were astonished to see this aquatic Bambi swimming ashore and making its way along the harbour beach... The deer even survived a close encounter with a dog – fortunately not a deer hound...

... the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which has taken hold of animals in the US and Canada.  Wildlife experts fear that if steps are not put in place to halt its spread it could lead to a loss of large numbers of wild deer across the world, restrict sales of venison and hit Scotland's country sports economy... 

Deer disease focal point at Scottish Game Fair July 5, 2013 United Kingdom, Scotsman
The British Deer Society (BDS) and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) will exhibit information sheets on their stands outlining the nature and impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)... “CWD has infected both wild and farmed deer in USA and Canada, with red deer also susceptible. Efforts to control CWD is USA and Canada would seem to have failed.”

... Dorset Wildlife Trust conservation officer Sam Hamer added: 'Deer are actually fantastic swimmers, so seeing sika deer swimming across Poole Harbour is not as uncommon as you may think ...

Deer in Forest of Dean - July, 2013



... A vet shot the animal with a tranquillizer dart at around 4pm on Wednesday before carrying it to a van and taking it to Reddish Vale Country Park, three miles away, where it is believed the animal escaped from... The animal wandered into Reddish Vale after being released...

Man risked life to save drowning deer June 27, 2013 United Kingdom, This is Hull and East Riding
... A man who risked his life to save a young deer from drowning has been labelled a hero.  The roe deer had fallen on to the bank of the Humber and was struggling against the rising tide at St Andrew's Dock, near the derelict Lord Line building...

'Roadkill map': Cardiff scientists ask public to report animal bodies June 15, 2013 United Kingdom, BBC South East Wales
... Scientists at Cardiff University say they want to build up a map of "roadkill hotspots" in the hope it can cut wildlife casualties on the road.  The project, called Operation Splatter, is asking the public to sign up as "splatter spotters" and send their findings via social media....

Activists call for stop to Richmond Park deer cull June 12, 2013 United Kingdom, Richmond and Twickenham Times
The annual deer cull is being targeted by an activist group who claim Richmond Park is still a 'deer-hunting park'. Residents are being invited to offer ideas on how to stop the cull ...

Deer at Bushy Park, London - June, 2013



Big welcome for tiny baby deer June 11, 2013 Irish Independent
... A baby pudu, the world's smallest species of deer, has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens ..Numbers have declined due to their rainforest habitat being destroyed and cleared for cattle ranching and other human developments, as well as natural predators such as pumas and foxes... 

... People are more worried about the plight of deer than extinction-threatened wildcats, according to a survey on Scottish wildlife. People who responded to the Scottish Natural Heritage-commissioned research put deer top of the list of animals they were most concerned about in conservation terms.  ...

Deer hunters caught 'poaching' by police June 6, 2013 United Kingdom, This is Staffordshire
... They had the carcasses of a fallow deer and a rabbit in their vehicle, along with four lurcher dogs. James Harvey, Kyle Rodgers and James Morgan, all from Stoke-on-Trent, received fines after admitting two counts of illegally hunting with dogs ...

FJ Pérez-Barbería, RJ Hooper, IJ Gordon - Oecologia, 2013
... Using spatial information of Scottish red deer (Cervus elaphus) winter counts, carried out in 110 areas across Scotland between 1961 and 2004 (a total of 1,206,495 deer observations), we showed how winter habitat niche breadth in red deer has widened with increasing population density. Heather moorland and montane habitats were most and least preferred for deer, respectively. Increasing density favoured the selection of grassland, to the detriment of the selection of heather moorland. The selection of heather and grassland decreased when temperature increased, while the selection of montane and peatland habitats increased...

... High deer populations threaten the conservation value of woodlands and grasslands, but predicting the success of deer culling, in terms of allowing vegetation to recover, is difficult. Numerical simulation modeling is one approach to gain insight into the outcomes of management scenarios... Our results show that managers interested in maximizing tree regeneration cannot simply reduce deer densities but must also improve ground cover for seedling establishment, and the model we develop now enables managers to quantify explicitly how much both these factors need to be altered. More broadly, our findings emphasize the need for land managers to consider the impacts of large herbivores rather than their densities.

Keighley, Oh deer! Doe stuck in railings is rescued at Cross Roads May 23, 2013 United Kingdom, Keighley News
A distressed and exhausted female deer was rescued in Cross Roads thanks to a team effort by residents, firefighters and animal welfare workers. The doe had become stuck between metal railings at Worstead Road ... Aireworth Vets sedated the deer. A towel was placed over its head and the fire crew prised the railings apart. The deer was freed ...

£2m plans for new entrants and deer farmers May 16, 2013 Scotland, Scotsman
... Deer farmers, who have been excluded from farm subsidies up until now, will also be eligible for a share of the money provided they keep a minimum of 20 deer... Dick Playfair, secretary of the Scottish Venison Partnership, said... “.... Once spread across the sector it won’t add up to a huge amount per business but everything helps, particularly as the deer farming sector is eager to develop with market demand for venison currently so strong.” ...

Deer is new primary school pupil May 15, 2013 United Kingdom, Gazette Series
... at a Wotton-under-Edge school.  A roe deer has been seen in the fenced grounds of the British School... Roe deer became extinct in England during the 18th century, but following reintroduction, there is now a population of around 500,000 in Britain...

ChronicleLive
... Sick Stephen Brown, who took mobile phone pictures of his dogs killing a deer, has been jailed ... sentenced to 18 weeks in prison and given a seven-year ban from keeping animals after images were found on his phone by police who had arrested him for something else.

Oh Deer - Muntjac rescued from the Purfleet in King's Lynn May 9, 2013 United Kingdom, Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Station manager Tim Edwards, of Norfolk Fire Service, said: “We were called to help a Muntjac deer stuck on a ledge with no way out. It would have died so we decided the best course of action was for us to help it out.

Deer group to tackle poaching May 9, 2013 United Kingdom, The Northern Echo
A deer watch group has been set up to monitor Ferryhill Carrs nature reserve, at Ferryhill, and other poaching hotspots in the south Durham area.  Volunteers formed the group after attending a public meeting that was called by police following a series of incidents, including the slaughter of two pregnant deer ...

... League Against Cruel Sports monitors said they filmed the video footage of a hunt chasing a deer while they stood in their own sanctuary land on Exmoor at Baronsdown. The video, posted online, shows a deer being ‘herded’ by crowds of foot followers away from the league’s land.  Later images show a dead deer with its hooves removed, and what the monitors said was a “young unidentifiable child” seen “playing ...

Two men found guilty of Ashridge deer poaching May 1, 2013 United Kingdom, Hemel Gazette
... Police stopped 26-year-olds James Allen-Harvey and Barry Moss in Nettleden Road, Little Gaddesden, on December 11 last year. They found a dead deer with a slit throat in the back of the van they were in.  Little Gaddesden sits in the Ashridge Estate – a 5,000-acre Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its high deer population...

Deer rescued from canal near Lincoln April 24, 2013, United Kingdom, This is Lincolnshire
... Deer rescued from canal near Lincoln recovers in nearby field. One small deer was seen struggling in the middle of the canal on the A57 but it moved towards the edge so Fire and Rescue could fasten an animal hook round it and pull it to safety...

Purley allotment holders want a cull to protect their plots April 23, 2013 United Kingdom, This is Croydon
... John Clarke, vice-chairman of Hartley and District Residents' Association, said ... "The deer are attracted to the allotments because of all the undergrowth. The council only needed to get rid of that so the deer had nowhere to forage but it hasn't. ... 

Dorset, Mutilated deer dumped on pathway April 20, 2013 United Kingdom, Dorset Echo
... Shocked residents made the grisly discovery on a path under a bridge at New Ground. The Japanese sika deer, a young male, had its head and a leg cut off. Sam Hamer, of Dorset Wildlife Trust, said  “From the injuries and condition of the carcass it seems the deer was hit by a car, taken away by someone who tried to butcher it and then dumped here. ...

Surrey deer attacks by dogs prompt warning April 17, 2013 United Kingdom, BBC News
Dog owners have been urged to keep pets under control after two deer were attacked and chased by dogs in Surrey. A pregnant roe deer was savaged and chased into a pond at Bookham Common, while a male roe deer fled onto a motorway junction after being attacked  ...

Surrey, Wildlife charity called out to rescue pregnant deer savaged by dogs April 17, 2013 United Kingdom, This is Surreytoday
... "People need to know the havoc their dogs can cause. Remember too that it is not the dog’s fault but the lack of training and control by the owners... Mr Cowell, who is also the presenter of the TV series “Wildlife SOS”, said that the following day he had taken call about an injured deer – but this time there was a happy ending...

Police tracking poacher find freezer full of illegal deer meat in Coventry April 17, 2013 United Kingdom, Coventry Telegraph
A poacher who was seen with a tiny deer slung over his shoulder was traced to his Coventry home – where police found a freezer stuffed with illegal venison... Muntjac deer were introduced into the wild in the UK around a century ago as a result of escapes and deliberate releases...

Deer guests are a hit at Amanda and Paul's big day April 16, 2013 United Kingdom, Portsmouth News
'There's a deer park next to the hotel where they come to graze,' explains Amanda. 'We went to the hotel about five or six times before the wedding and there were never any there. But on the wedding day they all came out feeding next to the hotel grounds...

Wild deer saved by firefighters after falling into Bridgewater Canal April 15, 2013 United Kingdom, Manchester Evening News
... Members of the public called the RSPCA after spotting the fallow deer flailing in the water ... After a noose was thrown over the animal's neck, a vet sedated it with an injection - allowing the distressed animal to be pulled to safety...

Counting deer on Cannock Chase - April 15, 2013



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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.

Deer Initiative News



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Dog Chasing Deer in Richmond Park

National Trust Deer Park at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in North Yorkshire, June, 2012

Red Deer in Bushy Park


Facts About Fallow Deer - February, 2013