Why Manage Deer?

  • Deer cause significant damage to vulnerable habitat, agriculture, forestry and tree planting schemes
  • There are annually around 74,000 collisions between deer and vehicles causing injury and expense with 10-20 human fatalities and up to 700 human injuries.

In 2012 a study by the University of East Anglia concluded that:

  • In the absence of natural predators, deer populations are continuing to expand – causing a serious threat to biodiversity, as well as road traffic accidents and crop damage.
  • A cull of 50% each year was necessary to offset productivity
While some plants might make a partial recovery this is unlikely in those cases where the tip has been nipped away and eaten. This is a particular problem in forestry where large numbers of young trees can be destroyed by deer within a short space of time.
The gardener has put a lot of effort into these plants only to have their good work destroyed, but the deer had a tasty meal and will probably return at dusk for the second course!
While some topiary by experienced gardeners does look good the same cannot be said for the this example caused by deer browsing!
The deer obviously didn’t survive these horrific collisions which tragically caused death and injury to the drivers of the vehicles.