Deer impact surveys are a vital tool for both the land owner and the deer manager in assessing the health of your woodland, deer herd and how the two interact together.
Most land managers will be familiar with the signs of woodland damage but are you able to tell the difference between the causes of the damage. Rabbits, woodland Hare, squirrels and deer all have a differing impact on trees and the flora, being able to distinguish between these is vital when estimating the impact to your woodland.
We are experts in conducting deer impact surveys and have an experienced team who are fully qualified deer managers but also fully qualified arborist which sets us apart from other organisations offering this service. Not only do we know and understand the wildlife that might be causing damage we also understand the trees themselves meaning we are able to produce a much more comprehensive report for our clients. We operate nationwide and our initial survey is usually free of charge (terms and conditions apply).
It is important to know the key objectives for your woodland before any survey on impact is undertaken. Knowing the objectives lets us understand if the impact of herbivores is having a beneficial or detrimental effect on your woods. Our surveys are suitable for both large and small blocks of woodland, although larger blocks might need splitting up into smaller compartments and compiled over several days.
Typically a wood is visited for a few hours on each trip and our surveyors will walk around 1km to 2km recording their findings as they go.
Surveys can be carried out at any time of the year but the spring or late autumn is usually the best period. In the spring signs such as slots (tracks) and racks (animal paths) are more easily identified as are signs of feeding on new growth as well as that from the previous year might still be evident. If you are concerned about certain plant species the survey might have to be undertaken two or three times during the year to monitor the impact of herbivores on those species.
As part of our survey we will write a full management plan for the woodland to help you reach your objectives.