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20 October 2019

SAVE THE DATE: BDS Muntjac Symposium

13th January 2020 – Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle University –  A one-day symposium to pool knowledge and gather current information on the species.

Muntjac deer range is increasing following their 20th-century introduction in the southeast of England. They have steadily spread with occasional reports now of sightings to the north in Cumbria, County Durham, and Northumberland. Scottish policy is clear, to be free of muntjac deer. 

Muntjac Symposium

18 October 2019

Poaching! Police want to know about it!

Police in Dorset are urging people to come forward with information about poaching.

Officers from the rural crime team say they need people to call about issues including sightings of suspicious vehicles, bolt-cropped padlocks, tyre tracks in fields and gates left open.

Report Poaching

PCSO Tom Balchin said: "We need to know what is happening, when, where and how."

"We also need people to report poaching, hare coursing, and illegal fishing to us at the time it’s happening via 999 or when the damage is discovered the next day by calling 101 or emailing"

16 October 2019

Deer Stalkers’ Evening, Suffolk

Deer Stalkers’ Evening, Suffolk, 30th October 2019.

At Great Whelnetham Community Centre, nr Bury St Edmunds, with doors open at 6 pm for 7.15 pm

Topics being covered are:

* Landscape deer management project, by Valentina Zini, from the University of East Anglia.

* Professor Rory Putman, BDS chairman, Over what sort of spatial scale does management effort need to be coordinated to deliver effective reductions in deer impacts?

* Wild game meat regulations - what you can legally do with your culled deer. 

Free entry. 

16 October 2019

BDS Research Grants

REMINDER - the next closing date for receiving suitable applications is 1st November.

A primary objective of the British Deer Society is to stimulate and actively promote research. We offer a series of grants at different levels to support suitable projects, with a special interest in receiving applications which fall within a list of key topic areas advertised on our website.

BDS Research Grants

14 October 2019

Deer bTB Survey in Northern Ireland

Currently there is a Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland.

The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1,000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the NI farming sector.

A research project is being carried out into bovine Tuberculosis in deer in NI. This project, being conducted by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), aims to gain a better understanding of the extent of bTB in red, sika and fallow deer.

07 October 2019

No Deal Brexit Implications in Relation to Ireland and Licenced Firearms

In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to Ireland and licenced firearms. 

British and Northern Irish residents will no longer be able to use a European Firearms Pass.

British and Northern Irish visitors seeking to shoot in Ireland should continue to apply to An Garda Síochána for a Non-Resident Firearm Certificate. The application should be made to the Superintendent of the Garda district where the applicant first wishes to shoot.

Material on this topic is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality


27 September 2019

Isle of Wight Deer Survey

Have you seen some deer in the wild on the Isle of Wight or signs of deer such as tracks, deer hair or antlers?

If so it would help with their conservation if you could complete the Isle of Wight Deer Conservation deer survey.

Wild deer are part of the Isle of Wight’s rich natural heritage, historically they are important as the islands special woodlands evolved in their presence. Isle of Wight Deer Conservation wishes to extend their knowledge of deer in the wild on the island so that they can record this for the benefit of present-day and future generations of islanders.

Take the survey

Isle of Wight Deer Survey

20 September 2019

Deer Rut - Top Tips to Stay Safe

Between late September and early November, is the rutting season for many deer species and lots of people enjoy visiting the UK's deer parks to watch and photograph the deer.

As rutting stags are pumped up with testosterone, there are additional risks to be aware of when watching or photographing deer during the rut.

Deer Rut - Top Tips to Stay Safe

This article looks at some of our top tips on keeping safe while enjoying the deer rut.