Our village is running a series of talks, all given by villagers, on subjects as diverse as "Life on a Submarine" to "Spending a Year Driving Through Africa".
Knowing my interest in deer, I was asked last night if I could give a speech as well! The talk needs to last for about 60-75 minutes. I've got plenty of time to prepare, as the date they've given me is a year away, but forewarned is forearmed!
The talk is to a varied audience, so it can't just focus on stalking, but I figure it does present the opportunity to educate a wider audience on deer.
Figuring that site members know better than anyone about these things, I was hoping that you could provide some input and suggestions as to what would help this presentation really work. I should say that I'd be willing to share the results or even come and present elsewhere as required!
My current plans for the agenda are as follows:
What I'm looking for are things that will help the audience understand pr relate to deer, or really make the audience think - perhaps things they've never really associated with deer before. For example:
- Deer in the UK - the six different species, population growth, per-urban deer, etc.
- Deer in Southern England - mostly Fallow, Roe, Muntjac - history, breeding, etc.
- Deer Recognition - Antlers, pelage, sounds, etc.
- Deer Lifecycle and Management - RTA's, disease, injury/accidents, stalking , etc.
- Deer in Folklore - phrases and sayings that relate to deer, e.g. Humble Pie, etc.
- Deer Cuisine - venison, health properties, etc.
Anyone have any ideas?
- Other than Humble Pie, what other phrases and sayings relate to deer?
- Deer pelage - I'd like to show the audience different deer coats, so does anyone know where can I buy/acquire some good quality deer hides (red, sika, fallow and roe)? Is there anywhere I can get CWD and muntjac?
- Antlers - I've got red, fallow, roe and muntjac, but would anyone be willing to provide/sell me some Sika antlers? CWD tusks??
- Deer curiosities - I can think of names for fallow bucks, embryonic diapause (delayed implantation) in roe deer, and that muntjac does are sexually mature at seven months, breed every seven months and are pregnant within seven days of giving birth, but what other interesting facts would be good to mention?