ABOUT THE REPORT
This report was commissioned by the BDS in August after it was proposed that a reintroduction of lynx could help control Britain’s burgeoning deer population. The report gathers all current evidence about the lynx into one place, so an informed opinion can be formulated. It will be used to inform any responses the BDS may make during the consultation phase of any future applications to release lynx into the wild. It is also hoped to submit for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal by the authors.
John Bruce, chairman of the BDS Research Committee, explains: “There have been many differing reports on lynx in the press. This report addresses some of the main issues around the proposals and refines the evidence found in similar release programmes. Readers will come to their own conclusions about the probability of conflict and the probity of releasing Lynx.”
The BDS’s Scientific Advisor, Dr Alastair Ward, adds: “The BDS has been watching the debate with interest. We were keen to understand the pros and cons, particularly as they relate to deer and animal welfare, and to gather and synthesise this information from an independent, impartial source for the public good.”
A joint campaign is underway to inform members of the public about the need to give both pregnant or nursing deer and their young plenty of space when out enjoying the countryside.
Over the coming weeks, from mid-May to July, people may discover newly-born deer hidden in the grass or undergrowth and might mistakenly assume that they have been abandoned Please do not touch, disturb or move them as usually their mothers will not be far away.
The new Spring edition of our taster members’ Deer magazine Digital Deer is out now. Packed with deer news, articles and features.
The risk of acquiring a tick bite increases during springtime, with peak times from April to June, meaning there is no better time to refresh your precautions and help spread the word on being tick aware.
The following guidance from the UK HAS can be used to reduce the chance of acquiring a tick bite.