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19 September 2019

Deer Photography Code of Conduct

One of the delights of working at BDS is seeing stunning and often breathtaking pictures of British deer.

Digital photography has made it much easier for all of us to get involved in photography at some level and our BDS social media feeds are regularly full to the brim of deer photos and video.
However, photographing deer can be both a rewarding and frustrating experience in equal measure and the inexperienced may unknowingly put themselves and their subject at risk.

It was with this in mind that BDS produced its Photography Code of Conduct to provide a simple easy to use guide for anyone photographing deer.

Deer Photography Code of Conduct

17 September 2019

Great course - So Much to Learn!

Last weekend it was great to see another group of satisfied candidates on our BDS/Lantra Deer Management Course at Kirkley Hall College in Northumbria.

The BDS training team sends a huge thank you to all who attended and assisted on the course.

BDS/Lantra Deer Management Course at Kirkley Hall College in Northumbria.

Attendees on the course commented:
"Excellent course very well delivered by hugely experienced Instructors', 'Thoroughly enjoyed the BDS presentations and excellent Instructor knowledge; very professionally delivered."

16 September 2019

Irish Deer Commission Launches Deer Poaching Campaign

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.

13 September 2019

New Permanent Deer Warning Signs in the New Forest

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.

permanent deer warning signs

13 September 2019

Best Practice Carcass Handling Event Success

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

12 September 2019

New Report Suggest Wildlife Warning Reflectors May Not Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions

"Wildlife reflectors do not alter the behavior of ungulates to reduce risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions" finds EJWR paper.

Collisions of vehicles with wildlife pose a serious risk to humans and animals, causing great financial and ecological damage each year.

While various mitigation measures have been developed, only a few are economically and logistically feasible. Among these, wildlife warning reflectors arguably enjoy the greatest popularity, although recent studies have shown that they have no long-term impact on wildlife-vehicle collisions or on the behavior of animals along roads.

The EJWR study reports that ungulates were more likely to leave the roadside area with reflectors present. However, this effect only lasted 16.5 days and did not influence the risk of a collision with a vehicle.

11 September 2019

Reindeer Accident Injures Finnish Soldiers in Lapland

Deer vehicle collisions are not only an ongoing issue in the UK as highlighted by recent events in Lapland. 

A dozen soldiers were hospitalised in Lapland when an armoured transport vehicle swerved to avoid a reindeer and hit another military vehicle. 

In the late summer, up to 340,000 reindeer can be found in Lapland, and pose a real risk for drivers, especially as they are not afraid of motor vehicles. These deer travel long distances to find food, frequently venture out on the roads to escape mosquitoes that fall on the region's forests.

Reindeer accident in Lapland

09 September 2019

Antlers Suggest Extinct Deer Species Might Have Survived

Schomburgk’s deer where once widespread in Thailand, but overhunting was thought to have caused the species extinction. With the last known Schomburgk’s deer dying in captivity in 1938.

However, antlers found in 1990 in Laos suggest the species might have survived and could even be alive today.

The 1991 photograph of a Schomburgk’s deer’s antlers. (Credit: Laurent Chazée via Northwestern U.)

The 1991 photograph of a Schomburgk’s deer’s antlers. (Credit: Laurent Chazée via Northwestern U.)