Red deer could be as rare as buffalo
It is arrant nonsense and disingenuous of the Caledonian Pinewood Recovery Project and other new age conservation groups to suggest that if the public fail to donate at least £20,000 towards the restoration of 50 acres of woodland, that somehow or other Scots pines will disappear from the Highlands for ever (Lochaber Times, September 28).
There are thousands of acres of these trees regenerating and supporting wildlife behind fences throughout their native range.
To support their emotional appeal, Trees for Life reminds us that the noble Scots pine dates back to the last ice age but fails to say so does the red deer, which it is at pains to condemn.
Treating Scotland’s most iconic and important mammal no better than vermin is a dangerous game.
The deer population has never been so low and the number of trees so great in the Highlands, yet still they are being overkilled. If this continues the wild red deer, as we know them today, will be as rare as the buffalo on the plains of America within a generation. Iain Thornber, Knock House, Morvern.