Currently there is a Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland.
The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1,000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the NI farming sector.
A research project is being carried out into bovine Tuberculosis in deer in NI. This project, being conducted by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), aims to gain a better understanding of the extent of bTB in red, sika and fallow deer.
In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to Ireland and licenced firearms.
British and Northern Irish residents will no longer be able to use a European Firearms Pass.
British and Northern Irish visitors seeking to shoot in Ireland should continue to apply to An Garda Síochána for a Non-Resident Firearm Certificate. The application should be made to the Superintendent of the Garda district where the applicant first wishes to shoot.
Material on this topic is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Brexit_-_Firearms_and_Explosives.
Have you seen some deer in the wild on the Isle of Wight or signs of deer such as tracks, deer hair or antlers?
If so it would help with their conservation if you could complete the Isle of Wight Deer Conservation deer survey.
Wild deer are part of the Isle of Wight’s rich natural heritage, historically they are important as the islands special woodlands evolved in their presence. Isle of Wight Deer Conservation wishes to extend their knowledge of deer in the wild on the island so that they can record this for the benefit of present-day and future generations of islanders.
Take the survey
Between late September and early November, is the rutting season for many deer species and lots of people enjoy visiting the UK's deer parks to watch and photograph the deer.
As rutting stags are pumped up with testosterone, there are additional risks to be aware of when watching or photographing deer during the rut.
This article looks at some of our top tips on keeping safe while enjoying the deer rut.
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