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Free Deer Control and Management in Southeast England
Deer are one of Britain’s most iconic animals, and are considered a valuable contribution to our countryside, estates and parks.
But if their population grows too big, they can destroy habitats, cause property damage and become a road hazard. Deer belong to no one, but if you own the land they live on, you are responsible for their management.
Luckily, deer control and management doesn’t have to cost you a thing. We’re happy to investigate the deer population on your grounds and, if necessary, cull them – often free of charge.
What areas do you cover?
We can provide free deer management andcontrol in Surrey, Kent, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hampshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and surrounding areas.
How are you able to provide deer control for free?
If there is a substantial population of deer, we can often provide deer control free of charge as we recoup our costs from the procurement of venison.
We’re happy to arrange long term contracts to manage a population of deer on your grounds, just call us or request your call back to find out more.
We can also provide fencing and other containment methods for deer if culling is not appropriate.
Is culling deer humane?
Many people have concerns about deer culling, but while it may seem counterintuitive, culling deer actually benefits them.
Deer no longer have natural predators in the UK, so there is nothing to stop their population exploding. Overpopulation will resolve itself either naturally or through our intervention.
The natural resolution to overpopulation is starvation and disease when the number of deer exceeds what their environment can sustain. Overpopulated deer herds can also damage their habitat to the detriment to other wild animals.
Not only does disease spread within an overpopulated herd, it can also spread to us. Lyme disease is spread by ticks that feed on deer, and is a serious health concern in areas with high deer populations.
Our solution for overpopulation is far kinder. Through selective culling, we remove sick, injured or old deer from the herd, which, as a result, is kept within its ideal size. Thanks to our experienced marksman, we can also guarantee a quick, clean kill.
Deer thrive in small, healthy herds, as they did for millions of years before us. In the UK, humans have simply taken over the role of their long-lost natural predators.
What type of deer do I have?
There are six species of deer living in England, only two of which – the red deer and roe deer – are indigenous. Which species of deer is on your grounds determines the culling season.
- Muntjac deer: also only around half a metre at the shoulder, these dark-brown deer stand out thanks to their large tusks. Bucks have short, slightly hooked antlers. Introduced from China in the early 1900s, muntjac deer can be culled year-round as they never stop breeding, which has allowed the population to spread rapidly.
- Roe deer: These smaller native deer stand around 70cm at the shoulder, have a reddish-brown coat and the bucks (males) grow short antlers.
- Fallow deer: Introduced in Norman times, these beautiful deer typically have a chestnut coat with white spots, but are also found in black or white. They stand almost a metre at the shoulder, and bucks grow large antlers.
- Chinese water deer: These tiny, fuzzy deer with large, round ears were introduced from China between 1870 and 1930. They have protruding tusks, no antlers and only reach around half a metre at the shoulder. They prefer marshlands and rivers, and have only maintained a small population.
- Sika deer: Similar in size and appearance to fallow deer, this East Asian species was introduced in the 1860s. They are considered a pest and conservation hazard in many areas due to their interbreeding with red deer.
- Red deer: Named after their reddish-brown coats, these deer are the largest land mammals in the UK, standing between 1 and 1.3 metres at the shoulder. The stags (males) grow impressive antlers.
Call Environ now or request your call back to find out more about our free deer control and management
Should I cull deer?
- Deer have no natural predators in the UK, so their population has to be managed by human intervention.
- Overpopulation of deer is bad for the environment, for property and for the deer themselves.
- When a deer herd gets too big, it becomes vulnerable to starvation and disease.
- In a balanced ecosystem, deer live in small, healthy herds, which we replicate through culling.
- Deer culling can often be provided for free as profit is made on the venison we gather.