Corrie Fee Consultation: Our Response
I am replying to the above consultation on the Corrie Fee NNR Management Plan
on behalf of the North East Mountain Trust -
We would like to first congratulate you on running a successful reserve. You
have managed to achieve a good balance between encouraging people to visit and
ensuring that the special natural features are conserved. In passing, we were
pleased to see that you are considering supplementary feeding of eagles by leaving
a few deer carcasses on the hill and will be very interested to find out how
this develops. We would like to restrict our comments to two points as follows:-
- There are some very good interpretation boards in the forested areas which
are helpful and valuable. We would be against any proposals to erect such
boards outwith forested areas as they would significantly detract from the
present sense of wildness.
- Your plan makes clear the importance of controlling herbivores in order
to allow trees and shrubs to regenerate. However, when I was last there, I
saw essentially no signs of recovery outside fenced areas. You mention working
with the Caenlochan deer management group, which is unfortunate as the Caenlochan
deer population appears to many as totally out of control. Indeed, this issue
of excessive deer numbers across Scotland is now recognised as needing further
action and has been discussed in Holyrood. In order to make deer management
work, you need to specify numbers and we consider that these numbers need
to be part of your management plan going forward.
We hope that these two comments are helpful.
David Windle (Chair of North East Mountain Trust)
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