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The ranging behaviour and impact of deer and sheep on moorland vegetation and semi-natural woodland development - BD0111

Title continuation: within the Exmoor ESA and Quantock Hills (extension to BD0105)

The main aim of this study will be to improve understanding of the impact of deer and sheep on the regeneration of semi-natural oak woodlands and heather moorland within the Exmoor ESA and Quantock Hills. The study will be comprised of the following: 1. Extensive botanical surveys and intensive monitoring of grazing exclusion trials to demonstrate and quantify the impact of free ranging deer and other grazers at a range of densities in semi-natural woods and heather moors; 2. Assessment of the actual habitat use by deer and sheep, undertaken partly by means of direct observation and through tracking a sample of red deer fitted with radio transmitters; and 3. Assessment of the health, condition and welfare of red deer culled in the West Country, including investigation of body condition, reproductive rates, diet and parasite burden.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 1998

Cost: £6,832
Contractor / Funded Organisations
British Deer Society
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship