The last WDBP Demonstration Event at Drumlanrig Castle in autumn 2010 was a great success, with many attendees new to WDBP, including a significant number who stalk in Scotland as members of syndicates but live south of the border. The feedback from Drumlanrig and previous events has been taken into account in planning the content of sessions for the 2011 event (more later).
Five new guides were published in August covering:Me rger of DCS into S NH
- Lone Working
- Public Access
- Access Signage.
All subscribers should have received copies of these new guides, if anyone has not received copies please get in touch by phone or email.
The subscriber database grows by the week through word-of-mouth recommendation and recruitment at Scone and Moy Fairs.
WDBP is now an internationally respected and valued "brand". During the last year communication and requests to use WDBP material have been received from Government bodies and research establishments in Japan, Australia, South Africa, Norway, North America and Mexico. WDBP is also contributing to the content of a new post-graduate course in Sustainable Deer Management to be offered by the University of the Highlands and Islands.
There is still much to do in developing new guides already planned, reviewing the impact of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Scotland) 2011 on existing guides, with further guide development covering Deer In And Around Towns and in support of the Code of Practice on Deer Management.
The recent public consultation on the Code of Practice on Deer Management by the Scottish Government confirmed the value of WDBP Guidance in demonstrating how to carry out many of the practical aspects of deer management contained in the Code and covered at a strategic level in Government’s publication: Wild Deer- A National Approach (2009). There was a strong emphasis on the need to continue development of WDBP through the established deer sector partnership approach.
The next Newsletter is planned for January 2012, reviewing past activities and providing more information on future developments.