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This research used wild deer in Britain as a case study to produce frameworks for the development of effective, collaborative and sustainable management of natural resources in Britain. Forest Research worked with partners from six institutions to examine deer management and explore how cooperation could minimise costs and maximise benefits.
The Social and Economic Research Group (SERG) of Forest Research contributed significantly to the project as a whole, providing specific expertise in qualitative stakeholder research. The team conducted interviews and literature reviews and ran workshops to find out more about the motivations, objectives and activities of key stakeholder groups.
The Forest Research Centre for Human and Ecological Sciences worked with the Macaulay Institute to develop a spatial model that predicts the impact of culling on red deer numbers and the distribution of red deer in the landscape. The team ran simulations to inform discussion and collaboration between deer managers. The researchers also evaluated the impact of deer in woodland at case study locations, focusing on their effect on local biodiversity.
Funded by the Rural Economy and Land Use programme of UK Research Councils, with additional support from the Forestry Commission.
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