British Deer Society working in partnership with The Woodland Trust
Muntjac deer are increasing their range. Following their introduction in the 20th century to the southeast they have steadily spread north. The British Deer Society quinquennial survey in 2016 confirmed resident populations as far north as North Yorkshire and Lancashire. There are now occasional reports of sightings in Cumbria, County Durham, and even Northumberland. Scotland’s policy is clear, to be free of muntjac deer.
This symposium is to gather up to date information about this species. The findings will be made available for all and it is expected it will feed to the review of the national strategy for muntjac deer by the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS).
Symposium’s Three Aims:
Programme (times and detail to be confirmed)
10.00 Welcome, Housekeeping, Muntjac Deer International Context, and UK responsibility - Symposium Chair Prof Putman
11.30 Current status and the current rate of spread, including 2016 BDS survey, and north east records centre at Natural History Society Northumbria, referencing to climate change – Dr Alastair Ward, Hull University
13.00 Lunch & Posters - Arnold Cooke book sale, BDS/BASC/DI, Defra family, BDS app, reports map
14.00 Policy into Practice
14.15 Current UK policy, and what it can do for non-native species in general, strengths and weaknesses, and for muntjac in particular, options for management - Non-Native Species Secretariat, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
15.00 Open Forum Discussion – What’s not been said, what next and who might do it?
16.00 Summary of the Day and Thanks - Prof Putman
Participants 60-80, mixed local and national with representatives from all four countries. Ticket Price – £75.00.
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