Deer Control & Management
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in deer management. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Information on Deer
The UK is home to six different species of deer these are (in size order small to large):
- Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesi)
- Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis)
- Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)
- Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)
- Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
- Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
It is estimated that there is a population of over two million deer in the UK and this is increasing at an alarming rate, this is due to several factors such as lack of natural predators, changes to agricultural practices (over wintering crops), increased woodland cover and milder winters. Natural predators for deer in the UK such as the lynx, wolves and bears have all been extinct for many years, meaning that the deer populations have no predation to keep their numbers in check. This has led to increased damage to agricultural crops and the flora within the understory of woodlands across the UK, particularly with the herding species of deer (fallow, sika and red).
Deer Environmental Risks & Impact
Road traffic collisions involving deer have also increased significantly over a period of ten years, in line with their population growth. Road traffic collisions are dangerous for the vehicles occupants due to the size and weight of the deer, with an estimated 700 people killed each year by deer related road traffic collisions. Deer fatalities from road traffic collisions are estimated at 10,000 a year and due to the size and weight of some deer species in the UK, the deer can suffer major injuries and potentially die an unpleasant death.
Deer management is ethically controlling the population of deer within an area to significantly reduce the damage they can cause to agricultural crops and woodland, this further reduces the conflict between deer and humans. This also reduces the risk of deer being involved in road traffic collisions. Selective management is key to supporting the health of a deer herd, reducing the risk of diseases spreading through the herd, competition between alpha bucks/stags (male deer) which can result in premature death and keeping the population at a level in which the land can sustain them (this is known as the land carrying capacity). Understanding the land carrying capacity is key to the effective management of a deer population, if the carrying capacity is exceeded too much, it can lead to competition for resources such as food, water and shelter, which can lead to the rapid demise of the whole deer population.
Deer Control & Management
Our deer managers have many years’ experience managing a plethora of different deer populations all over the UK from fallow in Kent to red deer in Scotland. They pride themselves on ethically controlling the deer populations to a sustainable level, following a tailored management plan to the specific ground and ultimately improving the condition of the deer within the population. Our deer managers uphold the highest standard of work and have the relevant certifications to support this such as the DSC (Deer Stalking Certificate from The British Deer Society). Our deer managers have a passion for deer and like nothing more than to see them healthy and happy within their ecosystem.
Each population of deer is different and it is for this reason that we can proudly offer a tailored management plan for your deer, using our wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as taking into consideration your ideas for the result required. We can also assure you that the animals that are removed from the deer population are processed by our deer managers and returned into the food chain (after necessary health checks) meaning that they are not left to waste.
If you have a deer management issue:
- Try and identify species.
- Log areas of damage.
- Log sightings and timings of sightings.
- Log any movement habits and where possible any movements to neighboring ground.
- Do not attempt to approach deer.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location and estimate size of the deer management issue.
- Determine the most appropriate method for access and treatment.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- If required, implement a regular monitoring regime and maintain a site plan of the sighting locations and any footpath locations.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.
- Give details of when you may receive a copy of bespoke management plan.