CLA Game Fair at Harewood this weekend 31st July, 1st and 2nd August
Come and meet the BDS team on stand V1302 and find out all about our new BDS Skills Award for BDS members and non-members - with awards at bronze, silver and gold based on points value notched up through a wide range of elements.
On Friday afternoon from 2.30pm Charles Smith-Jones will be on the stand to sign copies of his latest work The Deer Stalker’s Bedside Book - a great present or treat for yourself!
Test your trigger skills at the laser simulation rifle training area. Meet Lancashire-based wildlife artist Nigel Artingstall who will be displaying a selection of his gouache paintings. Come and chat to members of the British Deer Farms and Parks Association who will also be on our stand.
As always we will have the BDS shop with a range of books, new products just in, CDs, stalking accessories and gifts plus membership and a grand draw.
There will even be a professional children’s face painter to keep the younger fry amused so see you there!
THE BRITISH DEER SOCIETY ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN
The British Deer Society (BDS) has elected Michael Thick as its new Chairman. The Society’s recent Annual General Meeting in Surrey saw Mr Thick, Vice Chairman for the past two years, take over from outgoing BDS Chairman Mark Nicolson who stood down after 14 years at the helm. Current BDS Board members Dorothy Ireland, Philip Mackenzie, Maitland Rankin and Charles Smith-Jones, were also re-elected to their posts.
The BDS Chair heads up the 14 strong Board which directs Society policy and business. Mr Thick, who has been a BDS Board member for the past four years, has contributed extensively to the functions of the Board and has been part of the steering group reviewing the BDS’s aims and activities.
Previously a liver transplant surgeon, professor of genomics at Imperial College London and Chief Clinical Officer at the Department of Health before retirement, Mr Thick has been a keen deerstalker for over 20 years, holding Deer Stalking Certificates 1 and 2, plus BDS Deer Management Course qualifications. He is also a member of two deer management syndicates.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am passionate about deer, their ecology and the science of their welfare. It is a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of Mark Nicolson who has been an exceptional Chairman and I am committed to ensuring that the BDS moves forward in a way which harmonises the needs of our membership, the welfare of deer, and particularly the public interest.”
Scotland Notifiable Diseases Points of Contact
The Agency for this service has recently been re-organised within DEFRA from AHVLA to APHA - the website is the same, but the points of contact have been reduced in number.
A “Find the nearest centre to you anywhere in the UK” post code searcher is available at:
http://ahvla.defra.gov.uk/postcode/index.asp or go direct to the page of UK addresses at:
Please CLICK HERE for contact details for "District Vet for Notifiable Disease notification"
Tick collection request for Lyme disease study (South Downs)
I am researching Lyme disease/borreliosis (LB) and if you are a deerstalker working in the South Downs National Park (SDNP) your help in collecting ticks from deer culled for other reasons would be much appreciated. The study area stretches from Sussex to Hampshire and includes much of the woods of the western weald as well as the South Downs themselves.
What participation would involve
You will be supplied kits and freepost envelopes to enable you to collect, record and send off the ticks. Once received, ticks will be tested for LB infection. The study will be collecting ticks most months from Feb 2015 to June 2016 but getting involved does not commit you to sending in ticks throughout this period; you can participate as much or as little as you want. Once the study is completed you will be sent a summary and an invitation to an optional free workshop outlining the results and offering practical advice on how to prevent LB, spot symptoms early and access treatment if required.
Why research LB in the South Downs National Park?
LB is transmitted by ticks and if untreated can cause serious disease. Known annual UK LB cases have more than trebled over the last two decades and the SDNP includes two of the ten areas in England and Wales where infection is thought to be most frequent. Those spending significant time in farmland/forestry or having contact with animals from areas with high LB hazard are at greatest risk. Deer have key roles in most UK areas with an LB hazard, but complex systems of other mammals and/or birds are also involved in determining the hazard level. The effect of different UK land management practices on these disease systems is unclear, especially in Southern England.
Please get in touch if you would like to participate or have any questions.
Jo Middleton (University of Brighton):
Cannock Chase Ranger Robert Taylor and BDS member Joan Brookes next to a new safety sign, marking the start of a new road safety campaign on Cannock Chase, alerting drivers of deer crossing the roads during the short days of winter.
Temporary Illuminating Multi-Purpose(TIM) Signs in the New Forest
BDS Wessex branch ongoing campaign for deer warning signs have met with success. Hampshire County Council have been trialling TIM signs both on the A337 and on the A35 during the rut and will be using them again during January/February 2015