THE BDS HIGHLANDS BRANCH
Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Highlands branch including events, contacts, and news.
Branch Area and committee
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)
28th Mar 4:00 PM
AGM of the BDS Highlands Branch (Online on Zoom)
Information regarding the next event will be posted here when available.
There is a DSC1 training course running at Altyre on 9-11 April 2021. There are some spaces still available; https://www.bds.org.uk/event/dsc1-altyre-morayshire/
The branch is getting short of Range Control Officers. If you have any interest in training to be an RCO, please could you contact the branch.
There is some financial support for going through the training.
Our dates for Cawdor Range are as follows:
April 25 (Sunday)
June 5 (Saturday)
July 18 (Sunday)
August 22 (Sunday)
September 12 (Sunday)
October 31 (Sunday)
November 6 (Saturday)
The Scottish Interbranch event is scheduled for 28 August at Atholl rifle club. Its exact format has yet to be decided. If any member would be interested in attending an inter-branch range training or CPD day, then again, please let us know.
12 September is being set aside as a morning event for the Hindsight group and an afternoon Guest Day. We will likely finish up with a BBQ.
We will hope to have BDS rifles available, or at least the opportunity for those without a FAC to shoot on the day.
The dates are, of course, subject to COVID restrictions and some or all may not take place depending on the restrictions in place at the time.
Highland Field Sports Fair
Finally, it remains to be seen whether the Highland Field Sports Fair will take place in 2021; we will let you know as soon as we do. If it does go ahead, then we will be in our normal spot and will hope to see you there!
Training & Stalker Development
We are keen to encourage new member stalkers & to nurture their progress to encourage best practice. The branch has some generous members who will mentor beginners.
Additionally, there are opportunities for Stalking at Altyre for BDS members.
Preferential Rates for BDS Members
BDS and Altyre Estate are pleased to announce the launch of preferential rates for BDS members who wish to stalk Scottish woodland roe deer at Altyre Estate in Moray. Primarily aimed at those wishing to undertake DSC2 training and/or assessment, the estate can offer accompanied stalks for cull roebucks and does with the estate stalker (Approved Witness) at a flat rate of £85 inc VAT per outing.
Stay in touch
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.
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.
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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