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20 June 2019

BDS South West Branch Wins First Prize for Best Trade Stand

BDS was delighted to hear that at the recent Royal Cornwall Show our South West Branch was honoured to receive First Prize for Best Trade Stand.

There are dozens of Trade Stands at the show and to be singled out was indeed a huge honour.

19 June 2019

BDS Comments on Nara Deer Deaths due to Plastic Waste

BDS's Charles Smith Jones contributed to a recent article in The independent about how plastic waste from tourists has been responsible for the deaths of several deer in the Japanese city of Nara.

Regular readers of our newsletter Deerbytes may recall we recently covered this story, which has highlighted the danger plastic waste represents to wildlife.

The sika deer of Nara are sadly not the only ones to be affected by ingesting discarded plastic.  Deer will frequently sample unusual items which can ultimately become the cause of their death and have been found later with items such as plastic bags and baler twine filling their stomachs.  They can also entangle themselves in rope or netting which has been carelessly left lying around.  Deer in parks or other places where they are habituated to hand feeding by humans are especially prone to eating unsuitable items.

Nara Deer

06 June 2019

Pregnant Deer Dies After Getting Trapped in Goal Net

A pregnant deer has died after its head became trapped in the netting of some goalposts at Henderson Sport and Social Club, Harold Hill, Romford.

Pregnant deer dies in net

A group of local residents rushed to the doe’s aid after a walker discovered her and cut the net from around her neck but the deer had sadly passed away.

Jan and Shantel Louise, from local volunteer group Harold Hill Deer Aid, as well as Lorraine Stevens, contacted a vet who came to help them perform an emergency caesarian in an attempt to rescue the fawn, but sadly the fawn had already died as well.

03 June 2019

Staten Island’s Deer Vasectomy Scheme Having Little Impact

After three years and a cost of $4.1 million deer vasectomies have trimmed Staten Island’s by a total of 316 animals.

Staten Island’s $4.1M deer vasectomy scheme

This means US taxpayers have spent $12,975 a head to shave 15% off the huge herd.

The city hired White Buffalo in 2016 to run the world’s first attempt to curb deer by sterilizing only males, as the borough’s herd increased to a high of 2,053 in 2017—an 8,454% increase in less than a decade.

31 May 2019

Farmers Urged to Check for Young Deer

At this time of year, many farmers will be harvesting silage, but unfortunately, it's not uncommon for young deer to be killed in the process. 

Farmers Urged to Check for Young Deer

It is normal for a mother to leave a young hidden because it cannot keep up with her when she is feeding and our standard advice is to leave them well alone. However, if they are hidden in a farmers field this can be extremely dangerous. We urge farmers to check for young hidden in the field before harvesting and move these to a safe place.

A popular method is to walk the area with a dog before harvesting. Thankfully we know many farmers do this, but as the young deer are often well hidden with little or no scent they can be extremely difficult to spot. A few years ago a couple of wild game managers from Germany came up with a possible solution to the problem.

31 May 2019

6 Nara Deer Deaths Attributed to Plastic

One of the highlights of a visit to Nara in Japan is the chance to walk amongst the city’s free-roaming deer. 

However, it appears that some tourists have been feeding something other than the deer-friendly senbei crackers available to these nationally protected animals.

6 Nara Deer Deaths Attributed to Plastic

According to a recent report from the Nara Deer Welfare Association, the animals have been eating plastic, which has led to the deaths of a number of deer in recent months.

Since March this year, a total of eight deer with deaths from unknown causes have been autopsied. Six were found to have plastic bags in their stomachs, with the largest clump weighing 4.3 kilograms. 

31 May 2019

Sightings of Endangered Huemul Deer

A team of scientists have managed to capture for the first time images of a dozen endangered South Andean deer, known as "huemul", in an area in the Chilean Patagonia where they had never been sighted.

28 May 2019

SNH to Launch General Licence, for the Control of Certain Bird Species, Consultation

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced a 12-week consultation about General Licences, for the control of certain bird species, will take place later this year.

General licences for birds

Robbie Kernahan, SNH’s Head of National Operations, said:

“We want to ensure that General Licences in Scotland are clear, proportionate and fit-for-purpose.  In light of the complicated situation in England with General Licences right now, we have decided to bring forward our consultation which had been scheduled for 2020."

“Our General Licences cover relatively common situations – such as preventing agricultural damage and protecting public health and safety – when there’s unlikely to be any conservation impact on a species. They avoid the need for people to apply for individual licences for these specific situations. As with any licence, we need to ensure that General Licences strike the appropriate balance between species conservation and a range of other legitimate interests.”

“We would like to reassure those who are currently operating under General Licences in Scotland that these remain in place, allowing those who comply with the conditions to continue to use them.”