For some time now I’ve been concerned with the way the wind is blowing with regards to Red Deer matters in Scotland. Although I hung up my stalking boots when I came to Rona, things took a turn when we discussed the Island’s regeneration. I was asked what would I do given the rapid birch regeneration on Rona at that time. My answer was to suggest getting some Red Deer as it appeared we did not have any. The Deer would make paths, check the growth, slow it up and allow us to penetrate the forests on Rona. They would add to the ‘bio-diversity’, give us a regular income and add very much to the visitors experience of coming to Rona. This we did.
Move on to 2015 and I opened the paper to read this: The Knoydart Deer Massacre
So that got me on to deer affairs again. Because I find the Deer Management Policy of the Charity, The John Muir Trust completely against the love and respect I have for Red Deer. Since then I have become involved with the Scottish Gamekeepers Deer Working Group and we try our best to bring some sense to the debate on ‘ Too Many Deer In Scotland’ !!!
So here is last weeks (9th April) effort from the Chief Executive of the JMT.
And here is my reply:
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