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THE BDS SOUTH EAST ENGLAND BRANCH

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

BRANCH Area AND COMMITTEE

ChairDerek Stimpsond.stimpson@bdsbranches.org.uk
07720 813989
Vice-ChairSean Woodger 
TreasurerDavid Jennings 
SecretaryNeil Macfarlanen.macfarlane@bdsbranches.org.uk
07970 666169

Additional committee members

Adrian Dagger
Tim Cooper
Daniel Francis
Aleksejs Vankovs
Joe Dale

PostcodeArea
BNBrighton
BRBromley
CRCroydon
CTCanterbury
DADartford
GU1 – GU9Guildford
GU13Guildford
GU15 – GU16Guildford
GU18 – GU20Guildford
GU23 – GU25Guildford
GU27 – GU29Guildford
GU36 – GU45Guildford
GU48 – GU50Guildford
GU53 and aboveGuildford
HAHarrow
KTKingston upon Thames
MEMedway
NWLondon
RHRedhill
SELondon
SMSutton
SWLondon
TNTonbridge
TWTwickenham
UBUxbridge
WLondon
WCLondon
WDWatford

EVENTS

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

Date

EVENT

14th Apr 7:30 PM

WEBINAR: Deer and Archaeology (Online)

Next Event

South East Branch Stalkers' Shoot

09/05/2021 12:00 AM

Annual Stalkers' Shoot to be held at BSRC, Bisley. We have a date - Sunday 9th May 2021.

Due to Covid-19, we do not know if the shoot can take place and will advise in good time but we suggest that members who would like to attend put the date in their diaries.

NEWS

As members will be aware shooting is suspended at present so our usual shoots at Bisley cannot currently take place. We will keep you advised. Equally, our show program cannot be planned.

Branch AGM

The SE E Branch AGM took place by Zoom video on Saturday, February 6th.

Chair’s and Treasurer’s reports were presented and the existing officers and committee re-elected minus one who stood down due to work commitment.

2021 Officers and committee:-

ChairDerek Stimpson
Vice-ChairSean Woodger
SecretaryNeil Macfarlane
TreasurerDavid Jennings

Committee
Adrian Dagger, Tim Cooper, Daniel Francis, Aleksejs Vankovs and Joe Dale.

We await news as to whether future shooting events or shows will be able to take place and will keep members informed.

Events

It is with much regret that we will have to postpone our Stalkers Shoot at Bisley from the 9th May 2021.

This is a popular event and attendance is high. It is a social event as well as a shoot so whatever are the regulations in force then we will not be able to hold it in the usual friendly and lively manner, including a lunchtime barbecue. It is unlikely that the range will be available in the autumn so it looks as though we will hold it in May next year.

We do have two range days booked which, barring changes in regulations meanwhile, will go ahead.

The first is Sunday afternoon July 11th at BSRC Bisley following the Imperial Historic Arms Meeting (IHAM) held on the Saturday and the Sunday morning. Shooting will start at 13.30 and final arrangements will be advertised in good time.

The second is our annual Christmas shoot. This will take place on Sunday 21st November also at BSRC Bisley. Once again details in good time.

The 2021 show schedule is still under review and more information follows when we hear from the show organisers.

Deer observations

The season has been a strange one. Ruts seem to have been varied in the south east. The roe rut in July and August was evident but not as strong as usual in the areas I normally see.

The same was true of the fallow rut in October. There were signs of rutting, scrapes and stands but not a great deal of activity in terms of calling, fighting or otherwise. In late November there were still bucks reported as calling on colder nights in parts of Kent. 

We have large numbers of fallow and crop damage reported. However, culling remains problematic with game dealers’ chillers and freezers full. The price of venison is also low.

Meat going to charities and homeless support organisations remains one solution. 

Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest deer numbers remain high although culling continues. Deer vehicle collisions also remain high. Driven by the need to get outside, the number of walkers in the forest is noticeably high, making the culling difficult. It is also evident that many families are out with new puppies.

Royal Parks

Richmond and the other Royal Parks have remained open as a valuable breathing and exercise space for Londoners, including during Covid and lockdown, despite the additional workload imposed upon the staff.

In terms of numbers, Richmond and Bushy Parks have never been busier. Many first time visitors were unaware of how to behave around the deer which have at times been completely encircled and with many new inexperienced dogs and their owners giving rise to an upsurge in deer being chased.

The deer carried on with inevitable stoicism as usual, the recent rut being the last notable event. Having said that, the rut in Richmond was, as elsewhere, not as noticeable or dramatic as usual, in part due to the continued disturbance.

An extremely good year for acorns means that the herds are in good shape for the winter months.

STAY IN TOUCH

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

LATEST NEWS

BDS Chair Standing Down in May

BDS Chair Standing Down in May

The Chairman of The British Deer Society, Professor Rory Putman, has informed the Board of Trustees that he intends to stand down in May.

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