A CONSERVATION group that covers South Oxfordshire and Berkshire says deer should be slaughtered to protect woodlands.
The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust has spoken in favour of research published earlier this year by the University of East Anglia.
The study claims roe and muntjac deer populations have previously been underestimated and pose a “serious and growing problem”.
It says they threaten flora and fauna, damage crops, cause road accidents and spread Lyme disease, which is potentially fatal.
It says 60 per cent of the country’s roe deer and half its muntjac deer should be culled to stop them spreading out of control.