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Lowland Deer Panel

This expert panel will advise on the complex issues around managing deer in the lowlands.

Managing deer in the Scottish lowlands

We have established a panel of deer experts to explore new approaches to deer management in the Scottish lowlands.

Many of us enjoy seeing wild deer close to our towns and cities. However, in some areas too many deer can result in damage to crops and woodland and an increase in road accidents.

The Lowland Deer Panel will examine the complex issues related to deer management in the Scottish lowlands. Its work will contribute to the Scottish Government’s ongoing review of deer management across Scotland.

The panel’s aim is to maximise the benefits of deer for people and ensure that their numbers do not have an impact on conservation, agriculture or road safety. Key issues are likely to include:

  • the nature of deer impacts in the lowlands
  • the best way to manage deer – including how to work collaboratively
  • the information needed to support good deer management

The panel

The panel is chaired by Peter Watson, former Director of the Deer Initiative. It comprises:

  • Professor Steve Albon, James Hutton Institute
  • Eirwen Hopwood, West Lothian Council
  • Jochen Langbein, Independent Wildlife Consultant
  • David Quarrell, Lowland Deer Manager
  • Karen Ramoo, Scottish Land & Estates
  • Jane Rosegrant, Borders Forest Trust

Read the panels terms of reference.

Read notes of all panel meetings.

The panel has sought views from those with an interest in lowland deer, based on a list of key questions and an online survey. The survey closed in May 2018, and the panel is now holding follow-up discussions with various stakeholders to help develop its report.

Next steps

The panel will report to SNH early in 2019. We will then review the report and decide on the next steps.


Mark Wrightham, Lowland Deer Panel Secretary


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