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

Branch area and committee

ChairChris Faircliffe 
Vice ChairTommy Freimuth 
TreasurerAnthony Fraser 
MembersCharlie Harrison 
Postcode Area
CV Coventry
LE Leicester
LN Lincoln
NG Nottingham
NN Northampton
PE Peterborough


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)

The East Mercia Branch meets on the third Thursday of the following months:-
January, February (also AGM), March, April, May, September, October, and November at:

Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH 
Tel: 01572 724678

Meetings commence at 7.30pm

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


Branch report

East Mercia Branch continues to meet every second Thursday of alternate months in Oakham, Rutland. This season the Branch ran a successful range day at Calton Moor range in October for members to prepare themselves for the season. This was well attended by 15 shooters who had a zero session in the tunnel range before a well-run BBQ lunch. After all the members had had their fill, the afternoon session took place on targets out to 300m in a realistic stalking environment.

Positive feedback was received by those who attended.

The Branch committee has been working hard to establish a 200m range facility in partnership with a large private estate. Members will be notified once this is up and running. 


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


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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