Scottish Government/SNH produced details of Actions, derived from Wild Deer a National Approach (WDNA), to be included in
DMPs in order to deliver Public Interest.​
Assoc. of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) produced a DMG Benchmark to assist in delivering these actions, together with establishing operational standards.
DMGs were assessed against the Public Interest Actions and Benchmark during 2015 as a baseline for
measuring progress at the end of 2016. 


CSDMG published a DMP in 2005, developed by Ecological Land Use Consultancy. 
(see below)

The following Strategic Objectives for the DMP were proposed and accepted:
CSDMG will promote the management of wild deer in pursuit of the following objectives:
 • sustainable range management including the conservation of the natural heritage
 • sustaining the cultural heritage of sporting estates
 • achievement of all forestry objectives
 • sustaining the socio-economic basis of deer stalking
 • sustaining access opportunities
 • sustaining landscapes.
The following Tactical Objectives for the DMP were proposed and accepted:
  • Sustainable range management is the primary aim.
    •  The requirement to reduce densities in some areas to levels that are compatible with          delivering the strategic objectives is the key tactical objective of this DMP.
    •   Sporting objectives are an important, but secondary objective.
  • Because habitat impact and deer densities are closely linked, population models are proposed as a basis for management, aimed at achieving deer densities that are compatible with habitat impacts. However, the results from habitat impact monitoring will increasingly become the main driver for management decision-making, being used to influence cull levels.

Since 2005 there has been a significant shift in the focus of some land management objectives in the DMG area. For example, there has been a reducing trend in the area of sporting deer forest and an increasing trend in the area of land where woodland regeneration or sporting grouse moor is the primary objective.

Following land ownership changes in July 2014, almost 75% of CSDMG range is prioritised towards habitat/woodland regeneration or grouse production. 

In addition to the changes in land use, there have been significant changes in the public policy context illustrated by, for example, the Code of Practice on Deer Management (SNH, 2012). 
Changes in land use practices and policies mean that the CSDMG members are faced with the ongoing challenge of making the changes and adaptations needed to deliver the best combination of deer management benefits.

For CSDMG, an evolving plan is necessary to take account of the varied land use policies of its members and allow for a process that will deliver consensus. The plan will be as detailed or as simple as the complexity of the particular deer management issue.

CSDMG believes that a map based approach helps in understanding issues, considering alternatives and arriving at a workable solution. 

As suggested in the 2005-2010 DMP, habitat impact monitoring and deer densities compatible with habitat impacts have become the main drivers for deer management decisions and cull levels. 
By maintaining deer densities and with a limited requirement for sporting deer management, CSDMG members see no great value in population modelling, especially where most issues concern deer movement onto the range from other DMG areas.

CSDMG range covers almost 110,000ha, including 21 landholdings with a variety of owners: private
estates, NGOs, Government agencies:
Abernethy (RSPB);  Glenlivet (Crown Estates);  Glenmore (FES);
Balnespick Farm*; Cairngorm (HIE)*;    Inshriach (FES)
Craigowrie Hill (RSPB)                               Invereshie (SNH)
Craigowrie Low Ground (RSPB)               Lynaberack (Wildland Ltd)
Dell Wood (SNH)                                         Nuide and Ralia
Delnabo*                                                       Phoines
Dorback                                                         Pityoulish*
Drumochter (South)                                    Rothiemurchus
Gaick (Wildland Ltd)                                    Killiehuntly (Wildland Ltd)
Glenfeshie (Wildland Ltd)
* Not active within CSDMG.
Approx. 96% of CSDMG range is represented at meetings.
Primary Land Management Objective           % CSDMG range
Woodland/Habitat Mgt:                                             48
FES:                                                                                 11
Grouse Production:                                                     16
Sport/Farming/Tourism:                                            24
Tourism:                                                                          1

CSDMG members are already delivering a high degree of Public Interest as defined by Scottish Government/SNH required actions. CSDMG will build on and seek further developments over the 5-year life of this DMP (2016-2021). The overall aim of the DMP will be to achieve the sustainable management of the local populations of native red and roe deer in the DMG area.

CSDMG DMP 2016-2021:
Working Plan: 

Public Interest Deliverables (Evidence):

CSDMG DMP 2010-2015: (see above)
CSDMG DMP 2005-2010:



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Development Plan: