We’ve had a busy couple of days so far this week with our Deer Management Groups’ deer count.
Finally grabbing a couple of days of decent – but still pretty choppy and snowy – flying weather, deer stalkers from within the management group gathered together to survey their estates deer populations.
The deer count happens on an annual basis, usually on foot. However, every ten years, we get the use of helicopters, and help from the Scottish Natural Heritage technical team, to provide an accurate picture of how many deer are on all the estates in the management area.
Figures from the count, combined with ongoing habitat impact monitoring, inform us how we need to plan for the coming years stag and hind culls.
More information can be found on the Association of Deer management Groups website, here.