Deer Management Plan

Loch Stack - Feb 2015-1

NW Sutherland adopted a Deer Management Plan in the spring of 2015. The various documents associated with that plan are listed below.

The Plan is kept under constant review, and any comments can be made to the Secretary of the Group, whose contact details are listed elsewhere on this website. The plan was upgraded in 2018 to take account of new circumstances, and again in 2019 following a summertime helicopter count. It is likely that this plan will be updated again in 2024, at which point, very significant reduction culls will have been implemented. Any queries or comments on the Plan can be addressed to

Main Documents

NWS Background Information and Policies

This document is currently being amended. Text highlighted in yellow will be amended following consultation.

NWS Working Plan

NW Sutherland DMP- Working Plan- May 2018 Update

NW Sutherland DMP-Working Plan- Nov 2019 Update


NWS Location Map

NWS Members Map

NWS Reporting Units Map

NWS Management Objectives Map

NWS Parish Boundaries Map

NWS Community Councils & Grazing Committees map

NWS SSSI & SAC Designations Map

NWS SPA & Ramsar Sites Map

NWS Landscape Interest Map

NWS SSSI Site Condition Monitoring Map

NWS Woodland Creation Map

NWS Key Herbivore High Impact Woods Map

NWS Herbivore Impacts in woods outwith designated sites

NWS Deer Vehicle Collisions Map

NWS 2019 Helicopter Count Density Map


Appendix 1 NWS Constitution

Appendix 2  NWS Contact list

This Appendix is Confidential to Group members only. Please contact the Group via the Secretary or Chair/ vice Chair.

Appendix 3 NWS Designated Sites

Appendix 4 NWS Deer Cull Information

Appendix 5  NWS Target Culls 2022-23

This Appendix is Confidential to Group members only. Culls collated by Sub- area are given in Appendix 7, below.

Appendix 6 NWS Monitoring of Designated features

Appendix 7 NWS Population Model

Significant deer movements mean that it was increasingly difficult to make population models work within the area, and formal models have been discontinued from 2021. However, DMG members still discuss and allocate culls on an annual basis, based on HIA data and other information put forwards by members.

Appendix 8 NWS Broad Habitat Data