This survey was commissioned to assess the current levels and patterns of herbivore grazing and trampling in the areas of blanket bog within part of the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SAC. This survey was commissioned in response to concerns about the impacts of deer on plantation woodlands within the area and related concerns about potential deer impacts on the adjacent peatlands. The survey followed a systematic sampling methodology focusing on areas close to forestry plantations, combined with observations along transects joining the systematic points. A lack of access permissions resulted in not all the intended areas being surveyed.
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