The Scottish Gamekeepers Association is supporting a vital initiative to update the 2006 PACEC Report, in relation to the deer sector.
The 2006 PACEC Report was a watershed document which helped deer managers and industry groups quantify, in detail, the number of jobs and benefits the deer sector generated.
Without it, it would have been very difficult for us to present consistent and transparent information to policy-makers.
We now seek YOUR help to update the PACEC Report, making it fit for the present day.
As we move towards the Scottish Government's further review of deer management in 2016, it is essential that the deer sector has accurate, independently-verified, information to demonstrate the financial and employment value of deer management to the Scottish rural economy.
We also seek to gather more information on deer population trends and to assess progress in relation to deer management planning, habitat monitoring, deer counting and public engagement.
The attached questionnaire is therefore of critical importance for all involved in deer management, both in the Highlands and throughout the lowlands and near urban situations.
View and Download the Questionnaire (PDF FILE or WORD DOCUMENT)
Please participate whether you are a land owner or farmer, employed or vocational deer stalker, Government Agency or Local Authority deer management employee.
Complete it as an individual regardless of whether you are involved in a deer management group and please also draw it to the attention of any friends and colleagues. It is imperative that we, as an industry, can demonstrate, in facts and figures, our economic contribution and accurately convey a wider understanding of our collective responsibilities relating to the management of the habitat and in particular the management of designated and sensitive sites across Scotland.
I very much hope that you will take the time to complete the questionnaire, which is attached. These can be filled in online and printed and sent or printed off, filled in and sent.
Yours Alex Hogg, Chairman, The Scottish Gamekeepers Association.