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10 July 2019

Photo of Deer Hugging?

A Lewis school teacher captured a recent image of what at first glance appears to be two red deer hugging.

However, Susy Macaulay Local Government Reporter for the Press & Journal Inverness got in touch with BDS to find out what was really going on.

deer hugging?

05 July 2019

Health: Watch out ticks about!

We all like to enjoy being outdoors, but it's important to also be tick aware!

The main tick feeding season is late spring, early summer, and autumn when they can bite if you are walking through a tick-infested area. Ticks can also be carried home by pets.

Ticks are known to transmit a range of pathogens to humans, the most common of which is the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most significant tick-borne infection in England and Wales in terms of severity and incidence, the latter of which has increased in the past decade. 

04 July 2019

Bid for dedicated dog field in Perthshire after attacks on deer

Planning permission has been submitted for a “dog field” in Rattray, which would allow owners to give their dogs a specially enclosed area where they can run off the lead.

Landowner Georgia Garside came up with the idea after at least three deer were killed on her farm by loose dogs.

dedicated dog field

02 July 2019

Major road closed due to deer trapped in a garden

A major road in Salford was closed while firefighters and RSPCA officers rescued a roe deer which had become trapped in a back garden.

They cornered the roe deer before covering his head with a pillowcase 'to stop him panicking' during the rescue.

Major road closed while RSPCA and firefighters rescue deer trapped in garden

27 June 2019

NEW Deer Management Course Venue

BDS has a new deer management course on the 11-13 September 2019 at Northumberland College, Ponteland, Northumberland.

The BDS Deer Management course is tailored for stalkers, landowners and managers - the decision-makers dealing with deer management issues within a variety of habitats.

NEW Deer Management Course Venue


25 June 2019

Haldon Forest 10K Runner Flattened by Deer

A runner was taken by surprise when a deer unexpectantly came out of bushes and landed right on top of her. 

Karen Brewer suffered bruises to her ribs and right calf in the collision at Haldon Forest near Exeter.

However, Ms Brewer managed to get up and finished first in her age category in the annual Haldon Forest Park 10K on Sunday. The event was billed as a chance to "catch a glimpse of local wildlife".

Haldon Forest 10K Runner Flattened by Deer

24 June 2019

Do Deer Play Football in the Scottish Highlands?

Recently a deer was spotted and filmed playing with a football on a community pitch. Joseph Mackay spotted and filmed the stag in Lochinver in Sutherland. 

Mr Mackay told the BBC he often sees five or six deer on the pitch. 


View video on the BBC website  

21 June 2019

More Deer Sighted in Urban Areas

There have been several recent news reports plus communications received by the BDS regarding deer sightings in urban areas.

On June 21st the Metro reported a stag was seen casually strolled through a housing estate in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

Stag in Fort William