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19 September 2017

2016 Deer Distribution Survey - results now available

The results of the survey are now complete and are available in map form offering an overview of deer presence across the UK at the present time, along with a comparison with the 2011 and 2007 surveys.

This has been a major effort involving many people, and many thanks must go to everyone, not least the BDS members, external providers of deer records and GWCT mapping team who contributed to compiling and sorting the information. The final distribution maps have already been displayed at the 2017 Game Fair and Countryfile Live, and more details will be published in the Autumn 2017 edition of Deer. 

In the meantime they can be viewed on the BDS website.  19.9.17

19 September 2017

Live now - Enclosed and Captive Deer Survey

This survey is now running, and we are very grateful to all who have already submitted reports. We hope to be able to publish more information soon regarding where deer of all species, and not just those found wild in Britain, can be viewed in zoos, parks and other collections offering public access. 

In the meantime if you are aware of any establishment where deer, exotic or otherwise, are held enclosed or captive (this includes farms and private collections) please let us know. More details and a simple form can be found on the BDS website19.9.17

19 September 2017

Forest Enterprise Scotland seeks feedback on future awarding of Recreational Deer Management Permissions

Forest Enterprise Scotland is seeking to gain your feedback to inform the way they may award future Recreational Deer Management Permissions. What do you consider to be the most economically attractive and financially viable means of issuing Recreational Deer Management Permissions? Please complete the questionnaire here  19.9.17