Grazing by wild deer and by sheep, goats and cattle is carefully managed in The Great Trossachs Forest to ensure it helps rather than hinders habitat restoration work.

A research project is under way to monitor the impacts of different grazing regimes in The Great Trossachs Forest.


Overgrazing by deer can prevent native woodland regeneration and cause loss of heather. When there is clear evidence of damage on sites, the partner organisations of The Great Trossachs Forest believe it is essential that deer need to be controlled - and on each of the sites deer are culled in accordance with the managing partner's individual deer management plans, which complies with accepted best practice.

Deer are a wonderful and important part of the natural habitat, and within The Great Trossachs Forest there is a thriving population, both in terms of numbers and the animals’ well-being and health. Deer welfare is of the utmost importance to the partners especially ensuring the physical wellbeing of the remaining deer population.

The fact that the deer are doing so well is down to active and professional management and monitoring of deer in the area that has taken place over many years.