Deer Management UK (Info)
Deer Management UK
Deer share their environment with many other animals, including man who uses the countryside to produce food crops, for grazing, to grow trees and for a wide range of leisure activities. We also build roads through the countryside, providing routes to towns and cities. Our requirements take priority over those of other animals, and ‘wild habitats’ no longer exist in Britain. Animals have learned to adapt to the areas left to them and to utilise areas such as parks and gardens as the natural countryside dwindles. The urban fox is well known, having featured in many television programmes, but what is less well known is that the Muntjac, our smallest deer, is almost as common in some urban areas.
Road traffic incidents involving deer are common where deer are present in large numbers, especially where their habitat is crossed by roads. In 2007 a survey showed that there over 70,000 incidents involving deer across the country.
In order to ensure the welfare of deer, protecting them from starvation due to overgrazing and from road traffic accidents, it is vital that deer are managed. It is equally important to protect other creatures sharing the deer’s habitat from the results of overgrazing, as well as to prevent the deer from causing unacceptable damage to crops and trees. Usually the management of deer means that the deer have to be ‘culled’. It is important that the cull be carried out efficiently and humanely by a professional or competent person. A series of courses are provided by the British Deer Society for educational material explaining why deer management is important to the welfare and conservation of deer in the absence of a natural predator is also available.
There are six species of deer living in Britain. Only two of these deer species are native, The Red and Roe deer. Fallow deer were introduced by the Romans, although a species known as the ‘Clacton Fallow’ recorded during the Ice Age. Sika, Muntjac and Chinese Water deer were all introduced around the 19th to 20th centuries, Some of the park deer escaped and now live wild.
Fallow and Red deer are the most common species to be kept in parks and are also farmed for their meat. Sika deer are also often seen in deer parks, but in smaller numbers than Fallow or Red deer. Muntjac and Chinese Water deer are more secretive and hard to see in a deer park, therefore they are less commonly found in deer parks. Roe bucks are commonly considered too dangerous to keep in parks, therefore Roe Deer are rarely seen in parks unless in a secure enclosure.
DKG Pest Control provide a professional Deer Management servive to land owners through out the South Of England! We have highly experience deer stalkers in Berkshire – Hampshire and Devon. If the land is apropriate the deer management programe will be free of charge or better still we could offer to buy the stalking wright for a year term!
If you would like more information about deer management UK please feel free to call DKG Pest Control on one of the numbers below: