In the light of the recent lockdown announcements and changes to the Covid-19 restrictions, the BDS want to continue to support members and those involved in deer management to remain safe and to work within the Government and Devolved Administrations guidance.
We would like to reiterate that deer and wildlife management activities should only take place if they can be undertaken within the current guidelines and legislation that apply to the area in which you operate. (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#summary-what-you-can-and-cannot-do-during-the-national-lockdown)
For your own protection, employed Deer and Wildlife Managers should seek the advice of their line managers or employers. Those conducting deer management as crop protection on a voluntary or contract basis must clarify whether their activities are deemed essential and should get this confirmed in writing by the landowner or managing agent.
In all circumstances, please adhere to the travel guidelines and restrictions including those on meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble. As these differ across the UK please make sure you have read and are aware of the guidance in relation to your location and the location you plan to work in especially if this requires travelling beyond your local area.
In addition, we strongly recommend that people take the opportunity to review their wildlife management risk assessments and ensure that Covid-19 is included.
As ambassadors for our industry your actions are hugely important and now more than ever, we must all pull together and do the right thing in these challenging times.
It has been a challenging year, but as we approach the end of 2020, Highways England and The British Deer Society are urging drivers not to close the year with a deer vehicle collision.
Although deer can be encountered on our roads throughout the year, the risk of a collision dramatically increases between October and December and again in May. This occurs alongside seasonal changes in deer behaviour, causing deer to be on the move.
With quieter roads due to lockdown restrictions, drivers may be tempted to speed and this coupled with fewer daylight hours and poor weather conditions, make the current risk to drivers even higher this year.
An expert venison cooking demonstration from the highly talented Simon Crockford, Executive Chef at the Celtic Collection.
Simon shows you how to prepare the following amazing dishes:
Seared Venison Loin
Baked pumpkin with hazelnut crust, parsnip, red cabbage, sprout leaves, quince, wild mushroom jus
Moroccan Spiced Braised Venison Tagine
Venison pastilla, cauliflower rice, fennel seed yoghurt, parsley, pomegranate
Venison Loin Salad
Beetroot, orange, endive, chestnut, cranberry, blue cheese, salad cream
Sika Venison, Juniper and Rosemary Sausages
Crushed salt baked celeriac, pancetta, horseradish, venison jus
All the venison used for this demonstration is wild, sustainably and locally sourced.
View our recent webinar exploring the topic of deer on our roads.
The discussion includes:
Insights from Stuart Lovatt at Highways England
Update on the latest research data from Jochen Langbein
Insights into how police in Hampshire have implemented and worked with Humane Animal Dispatch volunteers from Korine Bishop - Strategic Rural Policing Inspector (Hampshire and Isle of Wight)
Personal experiences from Tony Lowry - Humane Animal Dispatch and Deer Track and Recovery
An overview from Jim Green from British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association
Research and DVC prevention
Impact of lockdowns and quieter roads
Advice for travelling over Christmas
On YouTube in the description, you will find time stamps to allow you to jump straight to each of the above points in the discussion.View News Archive
28 January -
WEBINAR: Mental Health and well being for all during C-19
05 March - 07 March
DSC1 Grantham, Lincolnshire
06 March - 08 March
DSC1 Falkirk, Stirlingshire
20 March - 21 March
DSC1 Portbury, N Somerset
21 March - 23 March
DSC1 Royston, Hertfordshire
27 March - 29 March
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria