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In aid of The British Deer Society South West of England Branch
BDS was recently to be found at the CLA Game Fair promoting its combined membership PLUS insurance package and selling deer related items, with the training team on hand to advise on courses and training activities.
Two talented artists were on the stand - Clare Brownlow, celebrated pheasant feather artist and winner of the 2014 CLA show guide cover competition was painting, and Clare Villar who specialises in animal portraiture showed her work too. The CIC UK team were measuring heads and John Hammond Sporting displayed a range of outdoor kit.
The Society hosted a DMQ Celebration to mark the milestone of reaching 20,000 awards of DSC1
Defra Minister Lord de Mauley presents Ryan Ford with his DSC1 certificate with BDS Vice Chair Michael Thick watching.
There was plenty to interest young visitors to the BDS stand too
Wildlife hosts, specifically deer, are known to act as a reservoir of infection for a number of fluke species - including liver fluke, a serious parasite of livestock.
As part of its ongoing research, The Moredun Research Institute is asking for help from BDS members with sample collections from deer taken during the course of normal deer management activities.
For more information about how you can help with this UK study please CLICK HERE
Chronic Wasting Disease
Deer Management Round Table (DMRT) CWD Subgroup Situation Report for Scotland. Updated 22 April 2014.
Notifying the GB agencies of our interest in CWD:
In recent weeks DMRT sub group representatives have been in close discussions with policy and veterinary officers in Scottish Government (SG) and Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to remind them about on-going concerns over the possibility of disease incursion.
Please click here to view or print the pdf document.