British Deer Society AGM Weekend
Sat 16th / Sun 17th May 2015
SE England Branch will be hosting the Society's AGM event this year based at The Holiday Inn, Shepperton, Surrey.
Saturday includes visits to Hampton Court Palace, gardens and Home Deer Park followed by a barbeque provided by the park rangers at Richmond Park then a visit including sawmills and abattoir plus options to see deer or a guided walk around the Isabella Plantation.
Saturday night’s Society Dinner will be followed on Sunday morning by presentations from Hon Society Vet Peter Green and Surrey Wildlife Trust prior to the Annual General Meeting.
Click here to download the booking form and more information.
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