Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates was invited to attend the SWS Local Deer Network Scotland meeting held at the Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway. A general update was provided to the group on the SNH Deer Management Review followed by discussions on this. It is anticipated the ECCLR committee will be submitting a letter of recommendation to the Cabinet Secretary around Easter time.
An update was provided by the Wigtownshire & Ayrshire LDG and the Galloway Central LDG, the latter in particular is very keen to recruit new individuals to help run the committee. Following the group updates, there was detailed discussion on the need to establish more deer larders in the south west Scotland following recent changes made to the local collection service which has resulted in the majority having to deliver to Dumfries, which is just not practical.