In the light of the recent lockdown announcements and changes to the Covid-19 restrictions, the BDS want to continue to support members and those involved in deer management to remain safe and to work within the Government and Devolved Administrations guidance.
We would like to reiterate that deer and wildlife management activities should only take place if they can be undertaken within the current guidelines and legislation that apply to the area in which you operate. (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#summary-what-you-can-and-cannot-do-during-the-national-lockdown)
For your own protection, employed Deer and Wildlife Managers should seek the advice of their line managers or employers. Those conducting deer management as crop protection on a voluntary or contract basis must clarify whether their activities are deemed essential and should get this confirmed in writing by the landowner or managing agent.
In all circumstances, please adhere to the travel guidelines and restrictions including those on meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble. As these differ across the UK please make sure you have read and are aware of the guidance in relation to your location and the location you plan to work in especially if this requires travelling beyond your local area.
In addition, we strongly recommend that people take the opportunity to review their wildlife management risk assessments and ensure that Covid-19 is included.
As ambassadors for our industry your actions are hugely important and now more than ever, we must all pull together and do the right thing in these challenging times.
We would recommend that you check the current Government guidance for your area on a regular basis.