Sorry. What a terrible pun. I almost opted for a word formulation involving “deer-ly beloved”, but I thought that might be a bit too twee.
Anyway, why am I punning about deer? Or rather, why am I thinking, researching and writing about matters to do with deer?
This is another topic that I became (more) involved with in 2017. To explain, the Scottish Government has set up an independent Deer Working Group. Its terms of reference are available here. It has four members (one of which acts as its Chair, another as its Special Adviser), and two external advisers. I am one of those external advisers. Member profiles and details of the advisers can be found here. My role is to provide advice on specific questions to assist the Group fulfil its remit. The Group is due to report in 2019.
Meanwhile, a separate independent review group has been established to review the management of grouse moors.
These two topics are important for Scotland. I look forward to contributing to the Deer Working Group, and I look forward to reading the output of the group looking at grouse moor management practices in due course.
This is the third of my reflective blog posts on 2017. The first was on my involvement with the Juridical Review (available here) and the second related to some research projects to do with Scottish smallholdings and interventions in land markets (available here).