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


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



14th Apr 7:30 PM

WEBINAR: Deer and Archaeology (Online)

If you have any suggestions for other subjects to be covered at meetings please email them to David Overton at

As the dates for some events/topics may be subject to change please check this web page for up to date information on the ‘what, when and where’ on the Branch meetings.

Next Event

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Branch AGM

The South East of Scotland Annual General Meeting will take place on January 28 starting at 7 pm. If you have any items for the agenda, please let us know.

Branch Meetings for 2020

The Branch meetings for 2020 will take place on the first Tuesday of the month starting in March. See the South East Scotland web page for details and locations of the events taking place. If you have any suggestions for meetings/events, please let us know.

Conflict and Coexistence – Glen Lyon Deer Project

On the 8th October Solene Marion a 3rd year PhD Student from St Andrew University very kindly attended the branch meeting to give an update on the the Glen Lyon Deer Project and the impact of outdoor recreation activity on the distribution of red deer.

Precision Reloading

On the 3rd September Cameron Wilson gave a presentation on the methodology he has been using with great success for developing precision loads

Borders Interbranch Shoot

The Borders Shoot was held on Sunday 1st September at Grayrigg, and thanks to Sandy and Neil who were the only two from the branch who were able to attend and represent the branch. Thank you to Archie & Dave from the NE England Branch who as the combined SES/NEE team came second. Well done to NW England Branch who won the day, and were great hosts and even provided bacon rolls for breakfast and venison burgers for lunch … doesn’t get much better than that!!!

Scottish Interbranch Shoot

This year the Scottish Inter-branch shoot was organised by the South East Scotland Branch on Saturday the 24th Aug 2019 at Blair Atholl. Unusually for this time of year, it was a very warm day with just enough breeze to keep the midges away, perfect for a shooting competition.  Teams from South East, Highland, Central, and North East Scotland participated with a team of six-shooters.  

The overall team competition was won by the South East Scotland branch for the first time in several years with an outstanding score of 694 from a maximum of 720 points. Highland Branch was second and North East third. 

The South East Team: Tony Manktelow (Team Captain), Paul Crosbie, Cameron Wilson, Ed Bewsher, Paul Sandie and John Campbell-Smith.

The individual high gun competition was a closely fought competition, primarily between 4 members of the South East branch, all scoring 118 out of a maximum of 120 points. The overall winner went down to the size of the group at 100 yards, Tony Manktelow took the title with a 3 round group size of 1 cm.

Thanks to all the teams that turned up on the day, the volunteer RCO’s and the butt team who contributed to the running of the range and to Tony Manktelow for organising the event on behalf of South East Branch. In addition, we would also like to thank Ed Bewsher from Edinburgh Rifles and Sporting goods for donating a price to the high gun. The baton has now been passed over to Highland Branch to organise the event in 2020, date TBC.


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


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