Campaign Targets the illegal Killing of Wild Deer.
The Irish Deer Commission (IDC) supported by Government Agencies and key Stakeholder Groups have launched a campaign to help create awareness of the significant increase in Wildlife Crime in Ireland, focusing on the illegal killing of wild deer and Deer Poaching.
The campaign titled “Keep Deer Poaching in Sight” was developed by the Irish Deer Commission with the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, An Garda Síochána, Coillte Teo, National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), Countryside Alliance Ireland, British Deer Society and the Deer Alliance to increase awareness among the general public and in particular those who live in our rural communities or those who use our countryside for recreational activities such as walkers and hunters.
DS Wessex Branch Chair and Trustee Director Dorothy Ireland represents BDS as part of the Animal Accident Reduction Group in New Forest’s National Park area.
The group includes members from the Forestry Commission, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, The Verderers, Agisters, Commoners and many more, all with one thing in common to try and stop the road accidents with animals.
This summer after a great deal of campaigning with Hampshire County Council’s road management, Dorothy has succeeded in having some permanent deer warning signs put up on a stretch of the A35 near to Lyndhurst. The area is a hot spot for red and fallow crossing.
On Saturday 7th September 2019 The Deer Initiative held a successful Carcass Handling Best Practice training event at Pry Rigg near Sutton Bank in Yorkshire, offering delegates the opportunity to develop techniques and maintain standards to ensure quality venison is produced from all culled wild deer.
Forestry England kindly provided their larder and two highly trained members of staff, Nigel Foster a Wildlife Manager and Arman Siddiqui, Wildlife Beat Ranger for the area. Nigel and Arman demonstrated the various aspects of lardering a deer, along with techniques for extracting deer from different locations using a range of equipment.
Photo by Alastair Boston