deer group

The Ashdown Area Deer Forum (AADF) was set up in 2006 to provide a forum on deer in the area and with the objectives of reducing the number of deer Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) and ensuring the welfare of a healthy, local deer population.

The Forum includes representatives from the Deer Initiative, East Sussex County Council, the RSPCA, the British Deer Society, Sussex Police, and local land-owners or managers such as the Ministry of Defence and the Conservators. The immediate reason for the Group's formation was the rise in deer RTCs. Most casualties are fallow deer, with the occasional roe and muntjac.

The AADF has succeeded in (a) improving deer warning signage on the A22, (b) established, via funding from ESCC, a deer warden scheme covering East Sussex and (c) in April 2009 a deer management group, The West High Weald Deer Management Group (WHWDMG) to raise awareness and support landowners / managers.

If you would like to be informed of WHWDMG events please leve your contact details with John Johnson at [email protected]

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