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SNH and Deer Commission merger 'increased savings'

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Image caption Further deer management reform is on the agenda

The merger of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Deer Commission has led to greater savings than previously estimated, the agency has said.

The amalgamation in August last year made SNH the Scottish government's statutory adviser on deer.

An original estimate was for savings of £120,000 a year, but savings of £183,000 have now been identified.

The move cost £450,000, 90% of which was result of staff time spent on delivering the merger.

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