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Deer: Conservation

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 910089, tabled on 28 March 2019

What guidance his Department has issued to the Forestry Commission on deer culling.

Answered on

28 March 2019

Primary responsibility for deer management lies with local landowners. Defra and the Forestry Commission are members of the Deer Initiative Partnership which brings together land management and conservation organisations, with the shared goal of sustainable deer management. The Deer Initiative has produced guidance for deer managers. Defra has not issued specific guidance to the Forestry Commission, which has its own operating procedures for managing deer on the public forest estate.

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