Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 27 February 2024.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many deer have been culled under night licences issued in the last three years.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Each licence that Natural England Wildlife Licensing Service (NEWLS) issues comes with the condition that the licensee must provide a report of all action taken under that licence within 14 days of that licence ending.

Natural England have received 81% of all reports covering the deer licences to shoot at night which were active between 1st January 2021 and 31st December 2023.

These reports show that a total of 9,684 deer were shot at night under licence, of which:

Please note, due to the format we received some of these reports of action from customers, the above figures may contain some deer shot before 1st January 2021.

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