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Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) East Anglia branch including events, contacts, and news.

Branch AREA and committee

ALSt Albans 
HPHemel Hempstead
MKMilton Keynes


Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic.



24th Mar 7:30PM

WEBINAR: Meet the Sponsor Blaser Special (Online)

Range days

Second Saturdays through to September except for July which will be the 1st Saturday

Next Event

WEBINAR: Meet the Sponsor Blaser Special

24/03/2021 7:30 PM

Opportunity to meet one of our sponsors' Blaser and find out more about them and how they will be supporting the British Deer Society. The Panel To be confirmed Ask a Question If you would like to ask a question in advance please email


Stalkers Evening

The now annual Stalkers Evening at Whelnetham Community Centre just outside Bury St Edmunds Stalkers Evening was held on October 30, organised by the BDS along with the  Deer Initiative, National Gamekeepers Organisation, BASC and St Hubert’s Club, who were all in attendance. Our very own branch chairman, Nick Rout, was master of ceremonies. This is an excellent evening for the exchange of technical and stalking product knowledge from a range of guest speakers and the conviviality of like-minded company from the other shooting organisations as well as this society

Valantina Zini from the University of East Anglia gave insight into some of the findings from her PhD Landscape deer management project, in particular, the relationship between the environment, muntjac populations, and roe deer fecundity.

Next up was Tim Weston from the NGO on the subject of Wild game meat regulations – what you can legally do with your culled deer. Tim’s informative presentation demystified the food regulation compliance for various levels of supply from the trained hunter supplying his family to stalkers processing and supplying venison. 

Last was BDS Chairman Professor Rory Putman who led the audience through the studies that had been conducted to answer the question “over what spatial scale does management effort need to be coordinated to deliver effective reductions in deer impact in woodlands?” Without slides, Rory illustrated how the protocol followed led to the answer that an area of 80km diameter was necessary to reduce the impact of fallow deer.

Tick-borne diseases

The recent serosurveillance study for tick-borne diseases coordinated by Maya Holding, research scientist in the National Infection Service arm of Public Health England, not only produced its research paper but is now starting sample collection of deer serum and tick samples to aid in monitoring the areas where tick-borne encephalitis virus is currently detected and also to monitor for any potentially emerging areas elsewhere in the UK. For this Maya is looking to collect samples across the UK as before and to collect a concentrated sample set in and around Hampshire and importantly for this branch, Thetford Forest.

The sample collection process will be the same as before, with a slightly altered sample collection form. Participation in this follow-up study is invited and indeed very much appreciated. If you haven’t already been contacted but would like to take part, please contact Maya Holding at letting her know how many samples you expect to be able to collect up until the end of March, so that she can arrange delivery of sample packs.

Stay in touch

If your contact information has changed please make sure to let us know.  To update your details simply email or call 01425 655434.

Latest News

Changes to DSC1 and DSC2

Changes to DSC1 and DSC2

Information has recently been shared relating to changes to DSC1 and DSC2 made by Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ).. These changes come into effect on April the 1st.

relaxation Covid-19 restrictions

Relaxation of Covid-19 Restrictions

Due to the planned relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, the BDS will from March the 8th be resuming delivery of DSC1 and Deer Management Courses. Find out more.

New Video – How to Complete a Habitat Impact Assessment

The Farm Advisory Service has produced a great new video detailing How to Complete a Habitat Impact Assessment.

In the video Conservation Consultant, Helen Bibby, and Professor Rory Putman, Chair of the British Deer Society & visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, take you through all the key steps on how to undertake a Habitat Impact Assessment.

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