Trust deer culling plans

Published: 28th June 2016

Each year the Trust publishes its proposed deer cull targets across all its properties in line with its commitment to transparency

Under Section 81 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 new powers will be granted to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to require landowners to state the number of deer they plan to cull in the coming year.

The Trust is committed to transparency about its deer management plans across its properties as it strives to protect our natural heritage and regenerate native woodlands and has today released a table of its proposed culls across the land it manages in the coming year.

Proposed deer cull 2019-20

Cull proposals may be subject to minor variations due to a range of factors such as changes in statutory arrangements (for example where the Trust is a signatory to a Section 7 agreement).

In line with our deer management policy we aim to maximise the number of deer carcasses we extract for human consumption. On health and safety grounds (for example, if carcasses are likely to be unfit for human consumption, or too dangerous to extract) or environmental grounds (for example, if damage caused by extraction would be too great or leaving carcasses will benefit wildlife such as eagles) some carcasses may be left.

The Trust has management plans for each of its properties available for download on the following webpages: Ben NevisEast SchiehallionGlenlude, KnoydartQuinagSandwood and Skye.

Proposed cull numbers are reached in consultation and discussion with local deer management groups. The following Trust properties have related deer management group plans available.

Sandwood: Northwest Sutherland Deer Management Group plan

Quinag: West Sutherland Deer Management Group plan

Li and Coire Dhorrcail: Knoydart Deer Management Group plan

Ben Nevis: Midwest Association Deer Management Group plan

East Schiehallion: Breadalbane Deer Management Group plan

Page updated June 2019