Monday, 19 March 2012

Deer and Forestry

Moorland Forum member organisations were in action on BBC's Countryfile last night.

Peter Fraser for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association was interviewed about stalking (starting at 06:50) and later in the programme (starting at 18:45) David Frew, Property Manager, and Sir Kenneth Calman, Chairman, from the National Trust for Scotland were interviewed about woodland regeneration and deer management on the Mar Lodge Estate.

The deer vs woodland debate is very relevant to the Forum with the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group due to report to the Scottish Government in June, this year.  Can natural woodland regeneration and deer control take place without full fencing?  Is the strategic fencing, that is fencing that does not form an enclosure, being proposed at Mar Lodge a compromise solution?

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