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Review of lowland deer - VC0308

Description
VC0308. Review of research on lowland deer.

In order to consider implications of problems caused by deer to agriculture, farm woodland and the environment, MAFF needs an assessment of the situation regarding the distribution, abundance and increase of deer populations in lowland Britain. Current literature on British deer is diverse and little is focused on problems associated with lowland deer. This study will review the present status of lowland deer populations, the level and type of damage caused by deer, and management techniques used. The review will also indicate critical gaps in current knowledge and will assist in identifying future areas for research. The review will collate information from many diverse sources and will provide a succinct account of the topics requested, and will facilitate MAFF in formulating a strategic plan for future lowland deer.
Objective
To collate information from previous and current research on wild lowland deer concerning : 1.population status, past and likely future trends on a geographic basis. 2.assessment of economic and environmental damage, particularly to agriculture and farm woodland. 3.existing methods of management and damage reduction. On the basis of the collation of data above, the report would then identify: 4. areas/species/situations where there are particular problems of control/damage reduction and economic/environmental impacts are particularly marked. 5.gaps in knowledge. 6.recommendation for future research
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1994

To: 1994

Cost: £14,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
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Fields of Study
Wildlife Management