Insight into Lowland Deer Management Walk & Talk - Dunecht Estates
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Date: Thursday 3 October 2019
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Meeting point: Dunecht Village Hall, Dunecht, Westhill, Aberdeenshire AB32 7AW
Over the past 20 years, red deer numbers have been largely stable over upland areas. However, lowland deer populations and particularly roe deer, have increased in size and range. This presents unique challenges for landowners. Are you aware of your responsibilities? Cooperative deer management among neighbouring landowners is key to reduce populations and impacts - from managing the impact on forestry, woodland and agricultural land, to the effects on neighbouring communities and the local road network.
Hosted by Dunecht Estates and organised in partnership with Lowland Deer Network Scotland, this is a must attend event for landowners, farmers and land managers. The event will include presentations and discussion with experts from LDNS, SNH, Aberdeen City Council and Transport Scotland – as well as an estate site visit for a practical session on how to assess evidence and damage in a woodland habitat.
Scottish Land & Estates, in partnership with Dunecht Estates and LDNS invite SLE members to this practical knowledge exchange and networking event. Discussion topics will include:
- The need for deer management in and around towns and villages
- The responsibilities of all owners of land
- The impact of deer on the road network; incidence and prevention of Deer Vehicle Collisions
- How to assess evidence and damage in a woodland habitat
Dunecht Estates is a diverse rural property-based business extending over 50,000 acres in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire. The home Estate of Dunecht includes land around the villages of Dunecht, Echt, Garlogie and Kirkton of Skene with the ever-expanding town of Westhill on its eastern doorstep. The Estate is crossed by a substantial local road network, includes farmland (in hand and let farms), commercial forestry and substantial areas of native and semi natural woodland. A full time keeper/stalker is employed to manage the roe deer population.
Additional event information
Format of the event: Participants will gather at Dunecht Village Hall where refreshments will be available on arrival. The Walk & Talk will open with introductory talks and discussions with LDNS, SNH, Transport Scotland and Aberdeen City Council, followed by an estate site visit for further discussion on assessing evidence and damage in a woodland habitat. There will be time for a question and answer session before heading back to the hall and head home.
Directions to Dunecht Village Hall: The hall is located in Dunecht village (next to the Estates office) on the A944.
Other information: Since part of this event will take place outdoors, please bring suitable clothing and footwear.
Booking information: This event is free of charge, but booking is essential.