The Deer Initiative

DI in Wales

Wales strategy: Wild Deer Management in Wales, a strategy and action plan

Wild deer are a part of our natural heritage and can contribute to biodiversity, as well as being a source of venison when sustainably managed. Although wild deer are not yet as numerous or widespread in Wales as in other parts of the UK, their numbers and distribution are both increasing, along with their impacts which include damage to native flora, agricultural crops and trees, and road traffic incidents.

In February 2008, a meeting of stakeholders concluded that a strategy and action plan for wild deer in Wales was needed to set out the issues, raise awareness and identify solutions and specific actions.

In 2009, the Welsh Assembly Government agreed that Forestry Commission Wales and partners in the Deer Initiative would develop a strategy and action plan and ensure the co-ordination required for Wales to benefit from its wild deer population.

In April 2010 an "issues paper" was prepared, summarising current knowledge about wild deer in Wales and the key issues for their management. The Welsh Assembly Government’s strategy for Wild deer management in Wales was launched in February 2011 and the Action Plan was published in December 2011

The Deer Initiative Wales Strategy

Associated documents

Document nameDate added
Action Plan for wild deer management in Wales 2011-201609/01/2012  Download
ACTION PLAN FOR WILD DEER MANAGEMENT IN WALES 2017-202215/09/2017Visit website

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