Community Venison Project

Using the by-products of forest
management to sustainably                                        benefit the community

Locally Sourced Venison

With no natural predators remaining to them, and extensive management for sport shooting which encourages high-density, relatively immobile populations, deer numbers in Scotland have soared. The consistent presence of deer on a landscape prevents natural regeneration of forests because in winter, when grass is scarce, the hungry deer will eat the fresh young growth produced by the trees in summer and so stunt their development. Keeping deer numbers low allows for this natural regeneration to take place and produces a sustainable, edible by-product.

In 2023 we opened our state of the art, purpose-built deer larder to process high quality cuts of venison from the Arkaig Forest for sale to the local community and beyond.

Venison is low in fat, high in protein and, if locally sourced from wild populations, produces significantly fewer carbon emissions per kilo than either beef or lamb.

For all venison sales enquiries please contact venison@arkaig.org

Price per kg

Prime Diced Steak £12 
Fillet £32 
Prime Minced Steak £12.50 
Roast £30
Rolled Joint £25 
Shin £10 

 

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Eat a deer and save a tree (or a songbird's nest)

Nichola Fletcher's. Ultimate Venison Cookery

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Arkaig Venison stew - Hazel Whittaker
Arkaig Venison Fillet
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This project is supported by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot