Managing Urban Deer in Scotland: Understanding Perceptions to Shape Policymaking

Abi Whitefield (PhD Student), also Dr Charles Warren and Dr Althea Davies (supervisors)

School of Geography and Sustainable Development (with funding from the University, Forestry and Land Scotland and SAGES)

Deer populations in Scotland have been growing for many years, with some populations now encroaching into urban areas. As a result, human-deer interaction has increased, with conflict between the two resulting in the possible need for deer management. Very little is known about these deer, with little research on the topic, and therefore policies are being shaped without much of an evidence-base. This study aims to understand the perceptions and experiences of experts, local authority staff, local councillors and the public regarding urban deer and deer management in Scotland, aiming to help shape policymaking on the topic.

This image shows a red deer stood on the doorstep of a house within an urban area of Scotland.

Photographer: David Quarrell