AGENDA ITEM 9
DRAFT POSITION STATEMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF WILD DEER
Summary: To consider a draft Position Statement on the management of wild deer in
the Cotswolds AONB.
That the Position Statement on the Management of Wild Deer be agreed and
recommended to the Board for adoption.
Authors: Judith Webb, Board Member and Mark Connelly, Land Management Officer.
1. There are four species of wild deer in the Cotswolds AONB: Fallow; Roe;
Muntjac; and Sika. Sika are limited to the area around Cornbury Park, whilst the
other 3 species are widespread across the AONB.
2. There are no deer population figures specifically for the Cotswolds AONB;
however, the deer population in the UK is estimated to be one million and
increasing by 10% annually. This is leading to a marked increase in damage to
woodland and crops and to an increase in road traffic collisions with deer,
including within the AONB.
3. The Cotswolds AONB Management Plan identifies the issue within RLMK4:
A further issue is the need for deer management and grey squirrel control.
Regeneration of broadleaved woodland can be threatened by excessive numbers
of deer which browse coppice regrowth and prevent natural regeneration and by
failure to control numbers of grey squirrels which strip bark.
4. The draft Position Statement aims to develop this issue and clarify the Board’s
position as well as raise awareness of the issues and add support to sustainable
wild deer management in the Cotswolds.
5. The draft Position Statement on Management of Wild Deer has been drafted with
input from the Deer Initiative, an organisation dedicated to "ensuring the delivery
of a sustainable, well-managed wild deer population in England and Wales” and
the Forestry Commission.
6. The draft Position Statement has been considered by the Conserving and
Appendix ‘A’ - Draft Position Statement on the Management of Wild Deer