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This Bulletin describes a technique for measuring deer abundance in woodlands. The technique is a variation of the faecal accumulation rate method and was developed and refined using data from more than ten years of monitoring and research by Strath Caulaidh Ltd. In justifying their choice of each element of the technique, the authors also provide one of the most comprehensive overviews of dung counting methods available. This Bulletin will be of use to both deer managers and deer researchers as well as being of interest to those considering using a dung counting method to monitor the density of other herbivore species.


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Forestry Commission