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Highlands

Highlands

Branch information and events

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

Events

Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic. See news below for more information.

Range Day contact

Ian Davidson 07769 345109  i.davidson@bdsbranches.org.uk

Branch contacts

Chairman Alistair Monkman a.monkman@bdsbranches.org.uk
Secretary Cathy Mayne  

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
HS Western Isles
IV Inverness
KW Kirkwall
PA Paisley
PH19 - PH50 Perth
ZE Lerwick

News

Reluctantly, but responsibly and in line with the guidance from HQ, we have decided to cancel all Range activities for the rest of 2020.  This has been a very difficult decision to reach, with much soul-searching by your Committee, but reflects the precautionary approach which we feel the COVID-19 threat merits.  This includes what you know as the SIBS, which Scottish Council has rebranded the Scottish Exhibition Shoot or SES.  Bear with us on this, it's a necessary change.

Moy Fair is cancelled for 2020, as you might expect, though the Scottish Game Fair has the intention of running at Scone from 2-4 October 2020.

We still plan to run the DSC1 course at Altyre in September, on the 18th. Time will tell whether this can take place but for the time being we are keeping it in the diary.  

Our November Talking Stalking event is under review.  Again, your Committee has found it difficult to decide whether to plan for this or not.  However, rather than cancelling outright, we eventually decided that it would be better to go for a wait-and-see approach without putting too much effort into planning which might well be wasted.  If it is safe to run, then we will aim to do precisely that.  More information on a firm decision, along with any other relevant details, nearer the time.

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.

Please contact our Chairman Alistair Monkman who can facilitate this. a.monkman@bdsbranches.org.uk

Additionally, there are opportunities for Stalking at Altyre 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.

For more details, please contact the Altyre Estate office directly on 01309 672265 or by email at office@altyre.com www.altyre-estate.co.uk

Email addresses

We do not send the newsletters by post anymore. It is too costly and some members must be missing out, so please send your email address to membership@bds.org.uk