Deer are higher in numbers and more widespread in Britain now than at any other point in the last 1000 years.
An estimated 350,000 deer are culled each year by deer stalkers in the UK with road traffic accidents responsible for the second highest number of mortalities. Despite this, wild deer are continuing to increase in both numbers and range.
High numbers in or around areas of woodland, farm crops or gardens will, in all likelihood, bring deer into conflict with man. Other negative effects of high deer densities are increased road traffic accidents. High deer densities can also lead to the spread of disease and malnourishment when the carrying capacity of the environment is over-stretched.
Deer in the UK lack natural predators, since their last major natural predator (the wolf) became extinct in the 1700s. It is therefore now the responsibility of the deer manager to control deer numbers and ensure they are kept at tolerable levels.
Landowners have very different opinions about deer. Land use will often dictate the number of deer that will be tolerated. When we are consulted by a landowner, we take into account every element of activity on the ground - forestry, farming, game shooting, gardening, etc. We then look at the impact of deer on each activity and base a management plan accordingly. Shooting deer is not the only option and, in certain situations, it is not effective. Fencing and other prevention methods often need to be considered.
If you would like to discuss the effects deer are having on your land, or a potential deer management plan, please contact us for a free consultation.