THE MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE, EDINBURGH
FLUKE AND DEER - REQUEST FOR SAMPLES
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
BRITISH DEER SOCIETY WEEKEND AND AGM
17th/18th May in the Cotswolds
West Branch promise an eventful weekend over the 17th/18th May when they play host for this year’s Society AGM. The base will be The Bear at Rodborough, in the historic south-west corner of the Cotswolds, high above Stroud on the wilds of Rodborough Common. A former coaching inn on the main Gloucester to London coaching route, The Bear still offers a warm welcome to all. Set in 300 acres of National Trust land, it provides a luxurious retreat where you can enjoy fine food and drink while relaxing in a homely and friendly atmosphere.
Saturday will herald the opportunity to board a coach to Awre Severn Cider to watch how cider is made, have a cider tasting and ploughman’s with local smoked ham, cheeses and salad. After lunch will follow a short visit to Lydney Dock, a rare example of an unspoilt 19th century harbour built to serve sailing ships and facilitate the export of materials from the Forest of Dean. Then on to Dyrham Park for a house and garden tour, and to meet the deer warden and view some of the park’s Fallow herd.
The Society Dinner will be on Saturday evening at the Bear at Rodborough, and Sunday morning talks there are anticipated on research and veterinary matters prior to the Annual General Meeting. A pre-booked buffet lunch will be available before members depart. Full details will be in the application form included within January’s Deer Journal.
Fiftieth Anniversary Rifle Draw Winner
The winner of the fabulous £10,000 custom build rifle to be built by Steve Bowers of Precision Rifle Services was lucky Society member Mark Barrett from North Humberside with ticket number 29670. BDS Trustee/Director Dorothy Ireland drew the winning ticket number 29670 on 16th December 2013 at the Society's offices in Fordingbridge.