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
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 website. 19.9.17
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
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Sky Park Farm, West Harting, Hampshire GU31 5PF - by kind permission of Pierce Noonan & Dom Strutt
Sky Park Farm is a new entrant deer farm that is in the early stages of creating a small commercial venison unit.
The open day will cover progress on the farm and the transformation since October 2016, when it was purchased (from overgrown scrub and every conceivable type of rubbish!) to current productivity.
The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust are looking to take on a deer manager to undertake population management to meet woodland management objectives for biodiversity. The area consists of three woodlands in close proximity and totals approximately 35 ha of mixed broadleaf plantation and ASNW coppice with standards. Species present - muntjac and fallow. 31.8.17
Speaking to a packed meeting near Kielder Forest, where the Lynx Trust has proposed releasing six animals, John Bruce, representing the British Deer Society (BDS), said there were many reasons against the project going ahead. There is no conservationist reason as it is not considered to be at risk; BDS research estimated that a lynx would kill the equivalent of one roe deer per week. 31.8.17
Woodland Trust Ancient Woodland Restoration Project - Deer Awareness Event, Laughton, East Sussex, 5th Sept
The Roebuck Inn, Lewes Road, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BG
Tuesday 5th September 2017, 9:00 - 16:45
As part of the Ancient Woodland Restoration project the Woodland Trust is collaborating with the Deer Initiative to provide Deer Awareness events to Woodland Trust staff, woodland owners and forestry agents. 30.8.17