The Deer Initiative

What we do

Giving advice » Overview

The Deer Initiative provides the framework for the private sector, voluntary sector and government to work together, so that wild deer management in England and Wales is properly co-ordinated and is effective, safe and humane.

We provide advice and support to a wide range of private, public sector and NGO landowners, land managers (including agriculture and forestry) and deer managers.

Facilitation and support to Landowners and managers:

  • help with setting up deer management groups
  • co-ordination of collaborative culls
  • assistance with deer management plans
  • advice on control options and land management planning to aid deer management (woodland design, glades, deer lawns, stalking and extraction routes etc)
  • assistance with basic infrastructure, e.g. high seats, extraction equipment, mobile chillers

Disease monitoring and advice: with respect to bTB, Bluetongue, Chronic Wasting Disease, tick/midge borne diseases and emerging zoonotic diseases; including co-ordination and support of research projects.

Training and awareness events, including:

  • promotion of industry Best Practice in all aspects of deer management
  • impact assessments
  • thermal imaging census
  • Risks and Liabilities
  • carcase handling
  • disease recognition and reporting requirements


  • deer impact assessments (by DI staff)
  • thermal imaging census etc
The Deer Initiative

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