SNH Guides

Guide summary
Damage definition

This guide seeks to explain the various ways that the impacts of deer are measured, how "damage" is defined and used within the Deer Act and what this means for owners/occupiers.

Natural Heritage Statutory Designations

This guide seeks to provide deer managers with an overview of the practical implications of key natural heritage statutory designations with regard to deer management activities

Deer impacts on Designated Sites 1 & 2

The aim of this guide is to provide a general overview of deer impacts, how deer impacts may be assessed and what that means on designated sites and to provide information on the process of how government agencies are working together to secure effective management of grazing on designated sites.

Section 7

Section 7 of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 makes provision for the establishment of Control Agreements.

Section 8

Control Schemes under Section 8 of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996


to provide information on the types of authorisation SNH issue and what applicants need to consider before applying.

Statutory records

The aim of this guide is to summarise the statutory records which Scottish Natural Heritage requires deer mangers to keep

Night shooting

The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 restricts the shooting of deer at night* to those people with written authorisation from the SNH.

Driving deer

to provide those who have been authorised by SNH to drive deer with a vehicle, with guidance

Compensatory culls

The aim of this guide is to describe technical guidance associated with compensatory culls and deer fencing.


Forms for recording habitat impacts