"Natural and farmed habitat as a basis for production
of red deer in Norway"
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NFR, 2007-2011. Receives funding also from DN.
Centre for Ecological and
Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biology, University of Oslo.
Prof. Atle Mysterud (Project
leader), Dr. Leif Egil Loe
(Norges Skogeierforbund; NSF). Vidar Holthe.
Deer committee Sør-Trøndelag
(Hjorteviltregion 2 i Sør-Trøndelag;
Hjort S-T). Ivar Syrstad
Deer committee Sunnfjord and ytre Sogn
(Sunnfjord og ytre Sogn hjorteutval; Hjort SyS). Hallvard
The Norwegian Farmer’s Union
(Norges Bondelag; NB). Ola Håvard Hoen
Department of Economics (DoE), Norwegian University
of Science and Technology, NTNU. Prof. Anders
Skonhoft and Dr. Jon Olaf
Museum of Natural History and Archaeology (MoNH), Section of Natural History,
Telemark University College
Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and
Envionmental Research (Bioforsk).
Researcher Erling L. Meisingset
Hedmark University College
Ph.D. student Barbara Zimmermann
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).
Eventus AS. Arve Aarhus
of Lyon, Divison of Biometry
(ULyon). Dr CNRS Jean-Michel
Gaillard, Ph.D. student Bram van Moorter
of Glasgow, Division of
and Evolutionary Biology,
(UGlasgow). Dr Dan T. Haydon
The project will provide a
basis to predict
the potential for production of red deer
on detailed knowledge of the natural and farmed habitat as well as
studies of red deer
habitat use in multiple areas. The yield of red deer reached 27600 in 2005. Red deer thus
the 2nd most important game species (in meat value), and the
with the fastest increase in yield. The potential income from red deer hunting
is therefore increasing,
particularly along the west coast. Here, landowners have their main
the farm) from livestock and to some extent forestry. Due to recent
income from livestock, it has been suggested to develop hunting of red deer as an
addition to more traditional land use. We know that red deer damage
agricultural pastures, but not how much red deer use farmed habitat relative
to different types of
natural habitat and how this affects production parameters of the deer
number of deer, body weights and calving rates). Due to migration,
often comes short in preventing substantial biases between the red deer
costs and benefits experienced among landowners. Similar problems of
cost-benefit distribution have been explored in detail for moose. We
aim to use
these results to parameterize a bioeconomical model to also be valid
challenges faced by the red deer
providing the potential for changing farming practises and going for red deer hunting
as a livelihood.
Funding from the user side to mark red deer with GPS collars along the
west coast is already
granted. Deer production data is available from NINA. We currently lack
relevant habitat maps to be linked to the red deer GPS- and production data.
The expertise of making
such maps exists at HiT, the practical skills of marking deer is held
user side, while the skills of analysing the red deer data exist at UiO together
their international collaborators. The economic part will be done in
collaboration with economists at the NTNU. This part will include
as well as a questionnaire to investigate how important red deer is to
the economy of landowners
today, to identify niches in the market. We believe that this project
provide essential knowledge on the potential for production of red deer in
farmland areas – in particular along the west coast were other
alternatives are scarce.
of deer with GPS
The project will analyse data from a number of areas of Norway. Follow
progress on marking:
Vegetasjonskartlegging er en viktig del av prosjektet
We (that is my field assistant Ragnar
Aaserud) perform estimation of grazing pressure at a very coarse scale
- and in a
rather extreme habitat. This was done in April-May 2006 in Gloppen and
in April-May 2007 in Flora,
Sogn og Fjordane. This work will provide basis for the Master-thesis of
Askilsrud regarding spatial variation in red deer
[7. Feb. 2008] Project meeting in Oslo for update on progress.
[21. November 2007] Winners!
Spørreundersøkelsen i Sogn og Fjordane gikk meget bra -
vi er godt fornøyd med responsen. Som lovet, har vi som takk gitt kr.
1000,- til de 5 utvalgte vinnerne.
And the winners are...
Kjartan S. Wiik, Hausle, 6730 Davik
Arnstein Birkeland, Birkeland, 6973 Sande
Nils Huus, Hus, 6843 Skei i Jølster
Sigmund Jonstad, Solvangåsen 3, 6800 Førde
Jane Noven, Yndestad, 6966 Guddal
[30. May 2007] Kronikk
om AREAL-prosjektet om hjort
En presentasjon av det nye, store AREAL-prosjektet.
[April 2007] Undersøkelse
blant grunneiere i Sogn og Fjordane om jakt og hjort.
Se oppslag på Norges
Skogeierforbund og Norges
Bondelag sine hjemmesider.
[13. Feb. 2007] Start up meeting
Mysterud, A. & Holthe, V. 2007. Hjortens
nytteverdi. Kronikk. Nationen 30. mai, s. 25.
Mysterud, A. & Solberg, E.J. 2007. GPS –
forskningsverktøy. Jakt og
Fiske 136 (6): 92.