Woodland “too overgrown after decline in deer”
report commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has suggested that a decline in deer numbers at Beinn Eighe, in Wester Ross, has led to areas of open woodland becoming too overgrown. The area, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is an important habitat for scarce beetles, moths and butterflies, and the open woodland is a vital part of the habitat. As a result, the report has recommended that ?hardy beef cattle? should be allowed to graze on the site to keep down the plant life. According to the report, domestic livestock would be easier to manage than increasing the number of red deer in the area.