Deer Management

Fallow deer- small web

 

At the last helicopter count (Spring 2010) there were 1083 stags, 2664 hinds and 909 calves on the ground. The average population density of 7 deer per sq km is relatively low for such fertile ground, but this includes ground over which deer are completely excluded, and much of the area still supports fairly extensive flocks of sheep as well. An unknown number of deer will use the forested ground around the edges of the group, possibly linking to ground outwith the group boundaries as well.

Fallow deer are prominent to the east of the Group area, and roe deer are also present across the area, and proportionately more important than in many similar sized groups. The Group must therefore provide a function for management of all these species.

Sika deer occasionally pass through the area. It is not thought that they are resident, although they may potentially be resident in some areas of forestry.