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‘Deer’ me, what can be done?

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
'Deer' me, what can be done?

A GATHERING of 20 deer managers took place at Raehills Estate on Tuesday to discuss the issue of deer vehicle collisions and possible steps and mitigation measures that can be put in place to reduce numbers of road traffic accidents with deer

There are currently an estimated 8000-14,000 deer vehicle collisions in Scotland each year, of which 70 result in human injury according to Dr Jochen Langbein of Langbein Wildlife, the UK deer vehicle collision expert.

The event was organised by the Lowland Deer Network Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Transport Scotland, and the Galloway and Dumfriesshire Deer Group. Pictured above before the start of the morning seminar are the speakers, left to right: Angus Corby, Transport Scotland; Isla Davidson, Scotland TranServ; Lord David Johnstone, Raehills Estate, and Chairman Scottish Land and Estates who hosted the meeting; Jochen Langbein; Maitland Rankin, chairman of Galloway and Dumfriesshire Deer Group; and Jamie Hammond, Scottish Natural Heritage


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