Practical Deer Management offers candid and comprehensive advice for anyone who has to deal with deer and the issues they present, be they gardeners suffering attacks on their flower beds, foresters looking to prevent damage to newly planted trees, or landowners with larger scale problems.
While a wealth of information on deer exists already, a career in teaching countryside managers quickly made it apparent that there was a need for a straightforward and comprehensive volume that is accessible to all. Written to be clear and easily understood, Practical Deer Management looks at the deer themselves and suggests non-lethal protective measures in addition to more active management, with attention given to other considerations such as health, the law and the practical construction of infrastructure such as high seats. A humane approach is stressed throughout.
An all-round field sportsman, Charles Smith-Jones has always been fascinated by deer, studying and managing them for almost 40 years, with wide experience across all of the six British species.
He has written three other books, including Muntjac: Managing an Alien Species (2004), which received widespread praise as a groundbreaking work on coping with the challenges posed by this invasive Asian deer species in Britain. The Deer Stalker’s Bedside Book was published in 2015, followed by Between the Coverts in 2016. He spent ten years lecturing in Game and Wildlife Management at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, where he taught the new generation of gamekeepers and other countryside custodians. His writing will be familiar to readers of Shooting Times, Sporting Gun and Deer magazines, to which he is a regular contributor.
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Sub Heading No ISBN 9781846892998 Author Charles Smith-Jones Binding Hardback Extent 232 pages, 246 x 189mm Illustrations Colour throughout Ebook yes
'In this long overdue book my old friend Charles Smith-Jones provides pragmatic, real-world advice for solving conflicts with deer. Refreshingly written in ‘everyman’ language it is straightforward and easy to understand. That Charles loves deer is immediately apparent, drawing on a life-times experience his heartfelt belief that our deer deserve to be managed respectfully with a humane approach underpins his writing. … Through this refreshing book there is the possibility for us all to find a better understanding and tolerance of all of our deer.' — Ray Mears
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