ADMG welcomes Mar Lodge findings

The Association of Deer Management Groups has expressed its approval of the Mar Lodge independent review panel’s report, published 18 November.
The report recommended called for a “greater level of intervention” in woodland management in the regeneration zone, although it warned that closer attention should be paid to ensuring that deer management did not lead to conflict between sporting, conservation and other commitments.
It also said that deer fencing should be built, that the area’s heather should be actively managed, and that the National Trust for Scotland should formalise its programme of monitoring the woodland’s ecological condition and sporting activities.
ADMG chairman Richard Cooke said: “We welcome this thorough and balanced review, which gives some very clear pointers, after years of difference and conjecture, over the future way forward at Mar Lodge.
“While the report identifies some management failings, it also indicates with some confidence that the potential conflicts between Mar Lodge Estate executives are reconcilable.
“There are important lessons from this for all land managers, and we hope that the report heralds a greater recognition of the need for all to take account of the impacts of their policies on others.”

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