Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach

A 2014 review of the original 2008 policy document has set new priorities and challenges for 2015–2020.

Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach is Scotland’s vision for wild deer. It has been developed and is being delivered by land managers and public bodies: Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach, Including 2015–2020 Priorities.

The vision

Manage wild deer to achieve the best combination of benefits for the economy, environment, people and communities for now and for future generations.

Principles of Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach

  • Provide a Scottish framework to guide local decision-making and improve delivery of deer management.
  • Develop inclusive and representative decision-making processes.
  • Maximise the value of wild deer to contribute to the local and national economy.
  • Manage deer as an integral and essential part of biodiversity.
  • Encourage more people to participate in and enjoy activities involving wild deer in Scotland.

2014 update

The 2014 update builds on the 2008 version of the policy document. A wide range of organisations were involved in the review and in developing the update.

The main priorities for 2015–2020 are around:

  • collaboration and effective deer management planning and implementation
  • healthy ecosystems
  • lowland and urban deer
  • economic and community development
  • training and deer welfare

These priorities balance the significant contribution deer can make with the negative impacts they can have on the environment, agriculture and forestry.

Report 2017/18 and Action Plan 2018/19

The 2017/18 WDNA Report (including Appendix) and 2018/19 WDNA Action Plan have been published.  The Report shows that over 70 actions were carried out by 18 organisations including work to enhance collaboration, healthy ecosystems, lowland and urban deer, economic development, training and wild deer welfare.

The Action Plan sets out a broad range of activities which will contribute to the delivery of the WDNA priorities and shows the breadth and depth of actions happening across the land and deer management sectors.

Other downloads

Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach (2008)

Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach, Draft Report on Deer Indicators for 2008–2012 (updated November 2013)

Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach, Progress and Gap Analysis 2008–2014


Jessica Findlay
Telephone: 0300 2449360
Email: [email protected]

Sue Dymond
Telephone: 01463 725354
Email: [email protected]

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