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East Mercia

East Mercia

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2018 Events

8 Feb

Branch AGM, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, on the A606 between Oakham and Stamford.
All members are encouraged to attend. 
The meeting will start at 1930hrs. 



7 Oct

Range Day and BBQ - Calton Moor Range, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

12 Oct

BDS Meeting, Barnsdale Lodge
14 Oct

Visit to Riflecraft, Norfolk

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.

Branch contacts

Chairman Hugh Davis  
Secretary Ian Pratt  

2017 News

pdf Read the East Mercia Winter Newsletter (401 KB)

Deer Stalking Job Opportunity near Oakham, Rutland

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust are looking to take on a deer manager to undertake population management to meet woodland management objectives for biodiversity.  The area consists of three woodlands in close proximity and totals approximately 35 ha of mixed broadleaf plantation and ASNW coppice with standards.  Species present muntjac and fallow.

The owner will require DSC level 1 and level 2 or equivalent and suitable experience.  The main aim is to reduce impacts to coppice regeneration and then maintain numbers at a level whereby woodland management work can be undertaken without unacceptable impacts occurring to either planted trees, regeneration or floral interests. It is desired that the successful applicant will live within 25 miles of the woodland although applications will be assessed from outside this area.
Please send your details to  to receive an application pack.


Visit to Riflecraft, Norfolk - Saturday 14th October

Meet at Riflecraft around 11.15 – 11.30 am Saturday 14th October 
Suggest members make their own way to Riflecraft. However if members wish to car share please contact Hugh Davis (0702833977) to arrange a rendezvous – suggest Barnsdale Lodge Hotel at 0845 to 0900 depart 0915

Riflecraft Ltd                                                            
18G Speedwell Way
Border Valley Industrial Estate
IP20 9EH
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01379 853 745 
Fax: 01379 853421
Directions are available from the Riflecraft website.

There are no limits on numbers up to 20 attendees.

All those who intend to go to the Riflecraft day please contact Hugh Davis ( our Chair, who needs to collate numbers attending.


BDS Meeting, Barnsdale Lodge - October 12th 2017

There will be a guest speaker at the meeting, Mr Dave Sherwood from Northampton University speaking about tanning and preservation of skins. This was due to take place on our last meeting date, but due to unforeseen circumstances this did not happen. This looks to be a very interesting topic, and I hope you can make it there.


Range Day and BBQ - Calton Moor Range, Ashbourne, Derbyshire - 7th October 2017

Members - another opportunity has been arranged for a range day and a social BBQ at Calton Moor Range, Calton Moor Farm, Swinscoe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2BU on the 7th October 2017.

The layout for the day should be as follows -

0900 meet at Calton Moor
0915 Tunnel range for zeroing
1200 BBQ
1330 outside range on fox/deer/rabbit silhouette targets at ranges out to 300m

Previous years at Calton Moor have proved very popular, so if you’re interested book early to avoid dissapointment !

Mike and Jan at Calton Moor have kept the price the same for the last few years at a very competitive £35 for the day.

Please contact me on this email to book a place/places - once I’ve heard from you I’ll email you back with payment details. Note that once a place is booked, we cannot give any refund if you decide to pull out.

Because this is a day run by Calton Moor and assisted by the East Mercia BDS, we can allow non BDS members to attend at the same cost, but should there be a rush of bookings, priority will be given to East Mercia BDS members.

Please remember to bring your FAC with you along with BDS membership card (if applicable)

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Ian Pratt - Secretary


Deer census

While counting the deer in your patch may seem to be a tedious exercise, estimating the number of deer is crucial to the development of a cull plan. However, stalkers have been known to underestimate populations by factors of 4 to 16 times! If you are going to attempt a census and cull plan, get a good book, or better still, attend a BDS training course.