Campaigners call for re-think on Aberdeen roe deer cull

Roe deer Campaigners want the Aberdeen roe deer cull abandoned

Related Stories

Three Aberdeen community councils have sent a last minute appeal to the city authority asking that a planned deer cull be abandoned.

Several animals face being killed at Tullos Hill, in order to protect about 80,000 new trees being planted.

Aberdeen City Council has said the cull was vital to preserve the area.

However campaigners have said the scheme was not "reason enough to kill deer who have been living on Tullos Hill for generations."

Three community councils, representing neighbourhoods close to Tullos Hill, sent a strongly-worded open letter to the city council accusing it of underhand tactics to get the backing for the city's "tree for every citizen" initiative.

They claim that "the limited public consultation was seriously flawed and made no mention of a deer cull."

They also say that the local community's opinion on the matter has been dismissed.

Kincorth and Leggart, Nigg and Torry community councils have described the deer as a valuable resource and demanded that the authorities "cancel the cull".

'Severe embarrassment'

John Robins of Animal Concern advice line welcomed the intervention of the community councils. He described it as a "severe embarrassment to Aberdeen City Council.

"They can no longer deny that opposition to the deer cull is coming from outwith Aberdeen," he said.

In response, Aberdeen City Council said: "The consultation for phase two of the "tree for every citizen" scheme included input from community councils and community groups, all of which were largely in favour of the tree-planting programme.

"It is a statutory requirement of Aberdeen City Council to manage deer on its land and this would be taking place on Tullos Hill whether there was a tree-planting scheme or not.

"The roe deer population on Tullos Hill is currently much higher than the land can support. There is very little variety of vegetation growing and deer suffer as a result."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North East, Orkney and Shetland



Min. Night 1 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?


  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.