Will public perception be the end of us all? That could depend on how effectively we can judge what is acceptable to the broader public, says Niall Rowantree.
Niall leads West Highland Hunting’s sporting and land management services. As someone passionate about deer, he developed the concept of WHH after more than 20 years of providing wildlife and deer management services in both the public and private sector. He has over 35 years’ experience in the industry having led deer management for the Forestry Commission in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, across Argyll and Lochaber and has managed the renowned Ardnamurchan deer herd for over 20 years.
A former board member of the Deer Commission for Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage Transitional Deer Panel, he consults and advises on deer management for a number of Scottish and European Estates.
By this time of year, the majority of highland deer forests will be exiting one of our worst winters in more than a decade. Thinking about the annual cull to come, practical deer managers will over the next few weeks start to monitor what has died in the harsh conditions and the health of those remaining.