Date lodged: 7 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that deer management plans are environmentally responsible and deliver positive outcomes for deer populations and for the natural heritage.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 27 July 2016
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is undertaking a review of deer management at the request of the Scottish Government. This will address areas of public interest, with a specific focus on the natural heritage, and will summarise available evidence on social and economic costs and benefits. The review will draw on both scientific knowledge and expert judgement to ensure that its conclusions and recommendations are evidence-based and balanced. A report of the review will be submitted to the Scottish Government by the end of October 2016.
SNH have been working closely with deer management groups to update baseline assessment data and have introduced a two-stage check of the evaluation of plans to ensure that the assessment is robust and defensible. This has necessitated some flexibility to accommodate delays in the production of some plans.