Deer Management on the National Forest Estate Consultation

Closed 8 Jul 2013

Opened 15 Apr 2013

Feedback Updated 11 Dec 2014

We Asked

For your views on the draft document 'current practices and future directions of deer management on the National Forest Estate', and you views on our contribution to the delivery of the national deer strategies

You Said

The majority of respondents considered the draft to be a helpful, comprehensive, open useful and well written document. Many respondents welcomed the opportunity to comment on our practices and future directions and were generally supportive of our approach to deer management albeit with comments qualified according to their own perspective and objectives.

We Did

We summarised respondents comments, and our response to the comments in a 'Summary of Consultation Comments, and FCS Response'. We then incorporated the key points within the final published document 'Deer Management on the National Forest Estate - Current Practices and Future Directions'.

Results Updated 11 Dec 2014

The consultation on Deer Management on the National Forest Estate ran from 15/04/2013 to 8/07/2013.  40 responses were received.


The website unfortunately, in this instance, was not set-up to allow respondents to enter their details (name, organisation and e-mail address).  Of the 23 respondees who gave their response via the website we were able to identify 11.


Of the 40 responses:

  • 1 was from a government/public body.
  • 6 were from deer management organisations
  • 2 were from Deer Management Groups
  • 1 was from a firearms organisation
  • 2 were from forestry and/or wood using organisations
  • 4 were from environmental groups
  • 1 was from an animal welfare organisation
  • 1 was from an access and recreation organisation
  • 7 were from individuals
  • 3 were from members of the FES Wildlife Ranger team
  • 12 from respondents as yet unidentified


The consultation was undertaken through the Scottish Government consultation portal, which encourages responses against a set of specific questions.  However, about 17 of the responses were by separate letter or e-mail, structured around the priorities and comments of the recipient, as were several of the website responses.  For this reason we have not strictly adhered to the consultation question structure in this document, but have used a format which best expresses the comments made relative to the draft document headings.


The full report is attached, along with a report on Current Practice and Future Directions.



‘Deer Management on the National Forest Estate – Current Practice and Future Directions’

This consultation seeks your views on the current practices and future directions for deer management on the National Forest Estate (NFE), and your views on our contribution to the delivery of the national deer strategies.

This document lays out in broad terms the importance of deer on the NFE, our reasons for managing deer, our current deer management practices and future directions.  It also outlines the benefits and contributions of our work to the delivery of ‘Scotland’s Deer a National Approach’ and the ‘Code of Practice on Deer Management. 

This document outlines:- 

  • the NFE and what it delivers for the nation.
  • the importance of deer as a keystone species on the NFE
  • the benefits and impacts of deer on our wider objectives.
  • the distribution of deer across the NFE
  • the context of our cull levels relative to the Scottish deer population and the Scottish national cull
  • the importance of deer welfare and the health and safety of stalkers and the public
  • our current deer management practices, principles and standards
  • how our practices contribute to national strategies and initiatives
  • the importance of evidence-based planning, implementation, monitoring and collaboration
  • our future directions and aspirations for deer management on the NFE.

Why We Are Consulting

The objective of this consultation is to get your views and general feedback on the content of the draft ‘Deer Management on the National Forest Estate – Current Practices and Future Directions’.

In addition we would be grateful for any specific comments you may have regarding the questions in the consultation.

What Happens Next

Consultation responses will be processed during Aug 2013 and will be taken into account for drafting a final version of the document.

The final version of the document is due for publication later in 2013.


  • People of Scotland
  • Those with an interest in Scotland