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Association Deer Management – Executive and Regional Meeting

Earlier this week the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) held its Executive and Regional Meeting at Glenfinnan House Hotel. The meeting was well attended by Deer Management Group Chairs and Secretaries.

Richard Cooke gave an update on the concluded Parliamentary deer sector review and the priorities for Deer Management Groups before the next review in 2019. Habitat Impact Assessments were identified as being the number one priority for DMGs.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) also provided an update on its priorities which includes revisiting all Section 7 agreements to assess where these have and have not been effective and to determine if further action is required in the form of issuing a Section 8. SNH will be in contact with all DMGs over the coming weeks to offer further support where this thought to be required.

Linzi Seivwright updated members on work related to the Habitat Impact Assessment reports required by each DMG in the current year. She advised of support available for DMG membership and staff. Members discussed  delays in delivering the SWARD project (A database management tool  being developed for HIA purposes for DMGs)

Dr Beth Wells of Moredun presented on a deer health project aimed at gathering data from deer carcasses over this autumn to assist in early identification of pathogens within Scottish herds. Each DMG is being asked to take 10 sample boxes for this purpose.

Discussion also included updates from SNH and each DMG present. The next meeting will be held in Inverness on 23 November.


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