13th January 2020 – Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle University
A one-day symposium to pool knowledge and gather current information on the species.
Supported by The Woodland Trust
Muntjac deer are increasing their range. Following their introduction in the 20th century to the south east they have steadily spread north. The British Deer Society quinquennial survey in 2016 confirmed resident populations as far north as North Yorkshire and Lancashire. There are now occasional reports of sightings in Cumbria, County Durham, and even Northumberland. Scotland’s policy is clear, to be free of muntjac deer.
This symposium is to gather up to date information about this species. The findings will be made available for all and it is expected it will feed to the review of the national strategy for muntjac deer by the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS).
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Last week’s BDS London Dinner was another truly great fundraising event. Again very generously supported by Knight Frank, over 100 people attended a champagne reception at the Caledonian Club before sitting down to a venison dinner.
After a welcome from BDS President Lord Andrew Hay and Chairman Professor Rory Putman, guests focused on the serious business of raising funds! There were some really fantastic auction lots, both online and live on the night, plus terrific prizes in the night’s raffle. All items were donated by our many amazing sponsors and supporters and bidding was fierce.
With current uncertainty over the venison market in some parts of the country, it is more important than ever that Stalkers are supplying a high-quality product that is safely and humanely produced.
It is important that sales, both large and small and whether to Approved Game Handling Establishments (Game Dealers) or elsewhere, are conducted within the lawful framework and that all aspects of traceability, best practice, and Food Business regulations are followed.
Details of the current requirements can be found in the FSA Wild Game Guide here: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/wild-game-guidance
If you are selling venison it is your responsibility to know and adhere to this legislation.
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