The West Ross Deer Management Group (WRDMG) is situated in the north-west Highlands. Between Loch Broom to the north east and Loch Maree to the south west, it extends to over 96,000 ha (238,000 acres). From sea level on the west coast the area rises to 1,060m at the summit of An Teallach.
It is a beautiful and remote part of the north western Highlands, with limited road access with the A832 running almost entirely round it’s perimeter.
Popular with tourists, in particular hill walkers, there are 18 Munros and many walking routes.
The aim of the group is to collaborate on deer management issues and in particular to:
- share a commitment to a sustainable and economically viable Scottish countryside;
- maintain a sporting stag cull and associated socio-economic benefits;
- maintain designated features in favourable condition and work towards favourable/unfavourable recovering status;
- liaise with SNH to protect all designated features;
- control the spread of non-native deer and other species;
- consider public interest elements relevant to local circumstances;
- identify native woodland condition and potential woodland expansion;
- encourage members to undertake skills and training assessment and maintain a record of skills;
- promote awareness of appropriate bio-security measures;
- encourage responsible access via the outdoor access code.