I was about to subscribe to hard-copy versions of the DCS "Best Practice" leaflets at http://www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk/
But have now discovered that in December The Deer Initiative launched its own set of guidance for England+Wales. http://www.thedeerinitiative.co.uk/h...stpractice.htm
I am now confused. I understand from http://www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk...Newsletter.pdf that:
"The Deer Initiative Best Practice Guidance series,
aimed at all those involved in managing deer in
England and Wales, was formally launched in London
on 2nd December 2009 at an event hosted by
the Country Landowners Association. The Deer
Initiative has worked in partnership with over 30
partners to develop the guidance and those of you
who had the opportunity to look at the series which
is available on-line at www.thedeerinitiative.co.uk
may have noticed the similarities with the Wild
Deer Best Practice guidance produced for Scottish
deer managers. Whilst generic deer management
information can be equally applied north or south of
the border, it was necessary to produce a separate
set of guidance for deer managers in England and
Wales to reflect differences in legislation as well as
more subtle differences in managing deer in different
habitats. The Deer Initiative has been involved
with the development of Wild Deer Best Practice
(Scotland) throughout the process and continues to
provide valuable linkages and consistency between
the two projects."
This is all very well, but I would rather there was just one set of guidance notes, including an explanation of any differences between Scotland and England/Wales where necessary.
I much prefer the DCS offer of a set of laminated hard-copy with ongoing updates for a very reasonable fee, compared with "The Deer Initiative" website-only version which also relies on me regularly checking back for changes/updates.
What (if anything) will I be missing if I subscribe to the DCS version ? And how do I find out any differences between the two without having to compare both versions in depth ?