Wild Land Management Services John Muir Trust
Biodiversity
14. Leave deer carcasses for eagles

In ecosystems with natural predators, deer carcasses are widely distributed on the ground. The carcasses provide a bounty of nutrients in often impoverished habitats. Whilst many deer carcasses are collected, leaving a number of culled carcasses on the hill can benefit a wide range of species from soil bacteria, fungi and beetles, to predators such as foxes and eagles.

ETHOS
Control grazing pressure from deer and livestock
APPROACH
Low impact management

Actions

  • Leave carcasses
  • Monitor carcasses with camera traps