|The Deer Initiative is a broad partnership of statutory, voluntary and
private interests dedicated to "ensuring the delivery of a sustainable, well-managed
wild deer population in England".
The partners abide by the principles of The Deer
Accord and encourage others to share their commitment and priorities as an integral part
of their management of deer.
The Principles of The Deer Accord
- A sustainable and balanced population of wild deer
- A humane, responsible and sensitive approach to the management of wild deer
- An experienced and knowledgeable capability in deer management
- A partnership approach to reducing the adverse environmental and economic impact of wild
How the Deer Initiative Works
The Deer Initiative Council is made up of representatives from the partners and has
responsibility for determining policy and setting priorities in pursuit of their stated
objective. The Deer Initiative staff co-ordinate all activities agreed by the Council. The
Deer Initiative is a registered charity with a Board of Trustees drawn from the full
Constitution and Rules
Organisations and individuals who sign the Deer Accord, agree to abide by the
Constitution and Rules and pay an agreed fee, can be invited to become members of The Deer
Initiative. The Council will consider all such applications and determine the level of
entry and rights of membership.
Deer Management Groups (DMG)
Wild deer are increasing throughout England. In some areas, populations have already
risen to the point where serious damage is being caused to woodlands, crops and
environmentally sensitive areas. As herds range over wide areas, land managers need to
co-operate with neighbours and co-ordinate activities through Deer Management Groups.
The Deer Initiative can offer help and financial assistance with the establishment and
running of a DMG.