Other Resources

There are a number of websites and tools relevant to managing wild deer in Scotland. Browse the links below to explore these useful resources.

Scotland's Environment Web

A gateway to information about the environment in Scotland. It brings together information and data from a range of organisations involved in protecting and improving Scotland's environment.

Scotland's Wild Deer: A National Approach (WDNA)

Scotland's framework to guide local decision-making and improve delivery of deer management. The WDNA website contains a range of documents and actions plans dedicated to delivering the framework.


Main NatureScot website.

Best Practice Guidance

The Best Practice Guides provide information about relevant legislation and on how best to reinforce three central aims of public safety, food safety and deer welfare.

Code of Practice on Deer Management

The Deer Code is aimed at all who own or manage land where wild deer are found, or manage wild deer on someone else's land. The Code came into effect in 2012.

SPICe Briefing on Wild Deer in Scotland

Scottish Parliament Information Centre briefing on wild deer in Scotland, written by Tom Edwards and Wendy Kenyon in 2013. Includes information about the law relating to deer managemnet, policy on wild deer, deer management groups and deer impacts/issues.

Deer Management Group Benchmark

This benchmark sets out the criteria whereby a Deer Management Group (DMG) can assess and demonstrate its effectiveness in relation to the Code of Practice on Deer Management.

British Deer Society Annual Reviews

Annual review documents of the British Deer Society, including research and training updates.

Lowland Deer Network

Newsletters, consultation responses and other publications of interest on the Lowland Deer Network site.

Integrated Deer Management Case Study

Findings of a project on collaborative frameworks in land management, part of the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.

Isle of Rum Red Deer Project

Information on the Isle of Rum Red Deer Project, including a list of over 150 peer reviewed papers.

SNH Review of Deer Management

Report to the Scottish Government on deer management in Scotland produced by Scottish Natural Heritage and published in November 2016

Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG)

Website of the ADMG where 35 deer management plans are publicly available.

The Scottish Venison Association

Information about Scottish venison from both wild and farmed deer.

Scottish Quality Wild Venison (SQWV)

An independent company which exists to maintain, develop and promote Quality Assurance Standards throughout the whole venison industry.

Veterinary Deer Society

A forum for vets working with deer.

Scottish Gamekeepers Association

Professional body representing Scotland's wildlife managers. Information about their work and aims, news, online magazine, politics and discussion forum.

Deer Aware

Interactive site offering basic advice on how to avoid a collision on the road with deer and a form for reporting incidents.

More tools coming soon.