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Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation takes part in the meeting to study “red deer monitoring methods in Hyrcanian forests”
Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation takes part in the meeting to study “red deer monitoring methods in Hyrcanian forests”

A meeting to study red deer monitoring methods in Hyrcanian Forests was held on Sunday 6 September 2015 in Rasht, Gilan Province. The meeting was hosted by Wildlife Affairs Office of the Department of Environment and took place with the participation of managers and experts of the northern provinces of the country including Golestan, Mazandaran, Gilan, Ardebil and Semnan.

During this meeting, experts and managers discussed surveying methods and the conservation status of the Red deer. Dr. Mahmoodreza Hemami, from Isfahan University, gave a comprehensive presentation on the common methods used for the survey of red deer and roe deer mostly used in the United Kingdom. During his presentation he also mentioned the pros and cons, statistical vigor, accuracy and reliability of the potential methods.

Experts from the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) presented some of the suggested methods, and discussed some of the technical difficulties and the feasibility of each method. They also shared their findings from their scientific investigations and field observations in the course of implementing the project “Standard-setting for ungulate survey methods in Iran”. This project is being run with the collaboration of the PWHF, DoE and Gottingen University and aims to reach standard methods for surveying ungulate populations in Iran.

In this meeting, an agreement was negotiated to test the two suggested survey methods in 3 of the Northern provinces. PWHF will collaborate with DoE in preparing data-taking forms for field surveys and designing of survey methods in the selected areas.