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BDS Launches First Drone Survey Thanks to Supportive Members

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Laura McMahon, Marketing Manager, British Deer Society

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In the field of wildlife conservation and habitat management, innovation often arises from collective efforts and unwavering support. This fact was recently exemplified as we celebrate a groundbreaking achievement, the successful launch of our first Big Give funded drone survey, made possible by the generous contributions of our members and supporters.

The Journey Begins: Big Give Campaign Success

The journey to this milestone began with the BDS’s award-winning Big Give campaign, an initiative that attracted the welcome support of passionate individuals committed to the cause of deer management and conservation. Thanks to their dedication, BDS was able to embark on using cutting-edge technology to better understand and manage deer populations across the UK.

A Step Forward: Best Practice Day Integration

The significance of this achievement has not been lost on the BDS community. It represented more than just a technological advancement; it symbolised a collective commitment to pushing the boundaries of wildlife conservation. Paired with the organisation’s Best Practice Day, focused on deer census and habitat impact assessment techniques, the launch of the drone survey is marking a significant step forward on our “Together for Deer” journey.

Unity in Expertise: Diverse Attendees at Best Practice Day

The Best Practice Day itself is a testament to the diverse expertise and backgrounds of those involved in deer management, land stewardship, forestry, and wildlife conservation. Attendees are coming together to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and explore innovative approaches to address the challenges facing deer populations and their habitats.

Looking Ahead: Future Plans and Initiatives

We understand this achievement is just the beginning. We are already looking ahead, planning the next series of drone surveys alongside additional best practice and public education initiatives. Our goal is clear: to develop a comprehensive understanding of deer populations and to ensure they are managed in a balanced and sustainable manner.

Celebrating Collaboration: Acknowledging Supportive Partners

The drone survey underscores the transformative power of collective action. By uniting behind a common cause and pooling our resources, BDS and our supporters have unlocked new possibilities for wildlife conservation and habitat management. This collaborative spirit extends beyond our charity, as evidenced by the invaluable support provided by BH Wildlife Consultancy in conducting the survey and sharing their expertise.

Gratitude and Confidence in the Future: Thanking Members and Supporters

As we celebrate this milestone, we extend our gratitude to all BDS members and supporters. It is their dedication and generosity that has made this achievement possible. With your continued support, we are confident that, together, we can continue to make a lasting impact on the future of deer management and conservation.

Embracing Collective Action for Deer

The launch of this first drone survey is a testament to the power of community and collaboration in driving positive change for deer. As we look to the future, let us draw inspiration from this achievement and continue working together to protect and preserve our wild deer.


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