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06 November 2019

Rural Crime Seminar

Monday, 18 November 2019 from 09:30 to 15:00
Westpoint Exeter, Westpoint, Clyst Saint Mary EX5 1DJ

Devon and Cornwall Police are hosting an event to give Rural Communities the opportunity to have their say on policing in rural areas and influence future policing.

There will be a question and answer session with the Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez plus representatives from NFU and CLA. The Police and Partners will also give inputs on the current strategy and activity that is taking place to re-engage with rural communities.

rural crime seminar

31 October 2019

Venison Dealers Licences - November 2019

The Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) has a specific Priority Group to engage in Poaching & Coursing. Scotland’s group has been considering the returns / annual reports of Local Authorities to SNH of Venison Dealers Licences issued and it is ongoing.

A GIS map of the known addresses reveals that certain regions appear to have no registered Venison Dealers Licences operating. This may be the case but it may also suggest that there are persons or firms or estates processing, (removing the skin and butchering carcasses), who are non-compliant.

The National Wildlife Crime Unit and SNH, with support from Wildlife Crime Officers will soon be undertaking investigations into premises to investigate for non-compliance.

28 October 2019

Tick-borne encephalitis virus detected in UK ticks

Public Health England (PHE) has reported that Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), which is endemic in many European countries, has been found for the first time in a very small number of ticks in Thetford Forest and more recently within The New Forest.

These are early research findings from work carried out in conjunction with the Emerging and Zoonotic Infections National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit at the University of Liverpool and indicate the need for more work, however, the risk to the general public is currently assessed to be very low.

The British Deer Society (BDS)’s Honorary Vet Peter Green commented:

“BDS is aware of the recent discovery of the TBE virus in ticks in the New Forest. The Society has been actively involved in the research that has led to this finding. The Society endorses the call for public tick-awareness, especially when spending time in the countryside where cattle, sheep, rodents, deer, birds and many warm-blooded creatures carry ticks and deposit them in grass and undergrowth”.

 Tick-borne encephalitis virus detected in ticks in the UK

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.