Have your say on deer management on Scotland’s National Forest Estate

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10 APRIL 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15905

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Anyone interested in how deer are managed on Scotland’s National Forest Estate (NFE) is being invited to share their views with Forestry Commission Scotland.

The Commission will next week (Monday 15 April) launch a public consultation seeking views on its draft document which outlines the significance of deer on the NFE and the organisation’s proposed approach to managing deer over the next three years 2013-2016.

The draft -  ‘Deer Management on the National Forest Estate – Current Practices and Future Directions’ - aims to explain and broaden the level of understanding of why and how the Commission  manages deer.

The draft document emphasizes:-

• Supporting social well-being and sustainable economic development
• Professional standards and working with others
• Sustainable deer management and how we manage deer
• Safeguarding the welfare of deer and the wider environment
• Deer stalking on the NFE
• Venison

The Commission is looking to receive views on the current practices and future directions for deer management on the National Forest Estate, and the Commission’s contribution to the delivery of the national deer strategy (‘Scotland’s Deer a National Approach’), and the ‘Code of Practice on Deer Management'.

The consultation runs from 15 April until 8 July 2013 and will be managed through the Scottish Government consultation website and is accompanied by an Equality and Diversity Statement.  Responses will be used to finalise the document and inform plans for taking forward implementation.

For further information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/deermanagement (from Monday 15 April) or contact Bruce Sewell, Forest Management Officer, at bruce.sewell@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or on 01463 232811

Notes to Editors:
1) FCS manages about 9 per cent of Scotland’s land area in line with the Scottish Government’s ‘Land Use Strategy’ to deliver a wide range of public benefits including those outlined in the ‘Scottish Forestry Strategy’.

2) The ‘Role of the National Forest Estate and Strategic Directions’ lays out our priorities and approach around six themes, each of which has a connection with deer management.

3) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate, managing, protecting and enhancing the 630,000 hectare national forest estate in ways that deliver benefits to Scotland’s people, communities, biodiversity and economy. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 630,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland  

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk