April 5, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Deer and deer impact for woodland owners and forestry practitioners

With Jamie Cordery. A brand new one day course focusing on the impact of deer on woodlands, at the Weald & Downland Living Museum with outdoor practical activity at Charlton Forest. This course is being delivered in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission. FULLY BOOKED

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU


A one day course for woodland owners and forestry practitioners to learn about:

  • Our relationship with deer – how did we get here?
  • The issues that we have with deer (good and bad!).
  • How to judge their effect on habitats.
  • How to live with deer in woodlands and the wider landscape.
  • Support for deer management.
  • An afternoon woodland walk in the nearby Charlton Forest finding and assessing deer impact.

Ticket prices

For RFS members £60.00 per person / for non RFS members £70.00 per person.

Tea, coffee and water will be provided but please bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided.  Bring outdoor clothing and suitable footwear for the outdoor sessions.

This course is being delivered in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission.

The South Downs National Park is the third largest National Park in England and has the largest National Park population, with 117,000 residents. From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,627km2 of breathtaking views, including 18 distinctive landscapes, 13 European wildlife sites and more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is responsible for keeping the South Downs a special place, including conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area. It is also the planning authority for the National Park. The Authority is a public body, funded by government, and run by a Board of 27 Members.

The Forestry Commission increases the value of woodlands to society and the environment.  It is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands. It works with two agencies – Forestry England, who manage the manage the Public Forest Estate, and Forest Research, the UK’s principal organisation for forestry and tree-related research.

Jamie Cordery

Deer Officer, South East & London region, Forestry Commission

Jamie is an ecologist with a long term background in professional wild deer management in the UK. Formerly a lecturer in wildlife management including a unique national full time deer management course run at Sparsholt College, he later spent 16 years with the Deer Initiative as a deer officer, and is currently the South East and London regional Deer Officer for the Forestry Commission.