Branch information and events
Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) East Anglia branch including events, contacts, and news.
Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic.
|23 April||Suffolk Schools Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich|
|25-26 April||East Anglia Country Fair|
|TBC||Essex Schools Show|
|7 June||Euston Rural Pastimes|
Second Saturdays through to September except for July which will be the 1st Saturday.
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.
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 Maya.Holding@phe.gov.uk 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.
February 8, the Branch AGM will follow the same format as previously, after our first 2020 range day
April 23, Suffolk Schools Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich
April 25-26. East Anglian Country Fair
Essex Schools Show, date tbc
June 7, Euston Rural Pastimes