FY1: Deer high seat

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the deer high seat item.

How much will be paid

£300 per unit.

Where this item cannot be used

Available for Higher Tier.

Where deer fencing has already been erected to keep deer out of the area.

How this item will benefit the environment

It will provide a safe, temporary vantage point from which to cull deer, reducing the impact their browsing has on the land.


Agreement holders are likely to need to consider:

  • the health and safety of non-authorised users of the seat - eg prominently display British Standard signs prohibiting public access
  • the health and safety of authorised users – eg make sure the seat has safety bars, is of an adequate size, and is securely attached to the anchor point
  • the protection of the tree, if a tree is used as an anchor point - eg use webbing strops, rather than wire and nails, to attach the seat to the tree

The high seat must be portable, free-standing and made from galvanised tubular or box-section steel.

What the management plan needs to include

The woodland management plan needs to identify that there is a high deer population posing a threat to the woodland.

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Higher Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs of the completed work

Applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • Forestry Commission Management Plan approval letter

The detailed requirements for this item will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Higher Tier applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.

Further information

Find more information about constructing high seats in The Deer Initiative’s best practice guide.

See the Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.