Good evening and welcome to The British Deer Society

Muntjac Symposium

Muntjac Symposium
Monday 13 January 2020, 10:00am - 04:30pm

British Deer Society working in partnership with The Woodland Trust and sponsored by Galbraith

Symposium Goal

Muntjac deer are increasing their range. Following their introduction in the 20th century to the southeast they have steadily spread north.  The British Deer Society quinquennial survey in 2016 confirmed resident populations as far north as North Yorkshire and Lancashire.  There are now occasional reports of sightings in Cumbria, County Durham, and even Northumberland. Scotland’s policy is clear, to be free of muntjac deer.

This symposium is to gather up to date information about this species. The findings will be made available for all and it is expected it will feed to the review of the national strategy for muntjac deer by the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS).


Symposium’s Three Aims:

  1. To re-assess current distribution and status
  2. To re-assess rates and places of spread
  3. To re-evaluate impacts


10.00   Welcome, Housekeeping, Muntjac Deer International Context, and UK responsibility - Symposium Chair Prof Putman/Sponsor

10.15   Muntjac introduction – Woburn Representative

10.30   History and initial spread - Norma Chapman

11.15   Refreshments

11.45   Current status and the current rate of spread, including 2016 BDS survey, to include a reference to climate change and incorporating local (north east) spread – Dr Alastair Ward, Hull University

12.30    Impact and Concerns

  • Agriculture and Forestry - Athole McKillop, Director Galbraith Group, and Confederation of Forest Industries
  • Wildlife Conservation – Rachael Bice, CEO Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

13.15   Lunch & Posters - Arnold Cooke and Graham Downing muntjac books, BDS/BASC/DI, Woodland Trust, Defra family, BDS Deer app, muntjac reports map.

14.15   Policy into Practice

  • current UK policy, and what it can do for non-native species in general, strengths and weaknesses, and for muntjac in particular and options for management – UK
    - Niall Moore Non-Native Species Secretariat, Scotland - Stan Whitaker Nature Scotland, England - Adrian Jowitt, Natural England

14.45   Open Forum and facilitated discussions – What’s not been said, what next and who might do it? Four key questions for groups to discuss:

  1. How do we monitor and validate distribution sightings and who does it?
  2. What policies need to change and when?
  3. Action to raise the profile of the species and issues?
  4. What skills and experience do we need in the north to manage infiltration; do we have them and if not, how do we get them?
    -  Facilitated by Charles Dundas, Woodland Trust

16.00   Summary of the Day and Thanks – NNSS Niall Moore and BDS Prof Putman

16.30   Tea & Depart

Additional Information

Participants and Price - 60-80, mixed local and national, expect representatives from all four countries. Policy makers and practitioners. Ticket Price – £75.00  

Payment to be made in advance please either by cheque British Deer Society North East c/o David Stewart, The Paddock, Allendale, NE47 9EL. Or to our Barclays bank account by BACS transfer: British Deer Society N E Branch, sort code 205961, and account number 10118125. Thank you.

Delegate Accommodation - Hampton by Hilton, Newcastle, has reserved some places for delegates for the night of Sunday 12th January 2020 at £69.00 per room inclusive of breakfast and vat.  The final day for booking these will be 11th December 2019. Book direct at:

Parking we encourage the use of public transport.

The Venue Great North Museum, Hancock is a wonderful venue, leave a little extra time for having a look around.

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Location Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle University