British Deer Society AGM Weekend 2018
Friday 18th / Saturday 19th May 2018
For this year’s Society Annual General Meeting and two day conference event, Scottish Trustee Director and Area Chair John Bruce will be welcoming delegates, members and Society friends to Edinburgh. The event will be based at the Holiday Inn, Corstorphine where accommodation at preferential rates has been earmarked and guests will also be able to make use of the indoor pool and a fitness centre.
Friday 18th May is planned as a full day conference with speakers on deer related topics of national importance including some of particular Scottish relevance. The conference will take place in the Budongo Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh Zoo which is conveniently placed adjacent to the hotel. The Royal Zoological Society Scotland Edinburgh Zoo is set in over 82 acres of sloping parkland and home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, including Giant Pandas, and will be well worth a visit.
Saturday’s conference will be at the Holiday Inn itself and will major on talks by BDS sponsored researchers, ending with the AGM meeting late afternoon and finally the AGM dinner in the evening. Visitors can then decide whether to travel home on Sunday or spend more time exploring Scotland’s exciting capital city and the multitude of interesting places to visit.
We very much hope to welcome as many members as possible to this weekend.
More detailed information and timings will be available shortly, meanwhile seminar topics over the two days will cover:
Friday 18th May
The day is expected to include:
• Chronic stress & performance;
• The need for shelter;
• The Biowild project;
• HIA – techniques & preparation;
• Wild deer, a national approach and the role of BDS;
• Wild deer best practice, what it is and what it does;
• Landscape development, the natural mosaic;
• Landscape development, upland herbivore trends.
A zoo visit is also anticipated during a prolonged lunch break
Saturday 19th May
The day will focus on:
Current and recent BDS supported research including:
• Genetic drift and natural selection on founder populations of deer;
• Conflict & coexistence;
• Deer disturbance;
• Ticks & borreliosis;
• Deer health, CWD DNA research results;
• Health status research;
• Deer health, the facts, future and risks.
The Annual General Meeting will take place late on Saturday afternoon and be followed by the Society Dinner in the evening.