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South East England

South East England

Branch information and events

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

The BDS SE E Branch stand at Richmond Park

Events

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

Mid-Feb 2021

Branch AGM

Branch Committee 

Chairman Derek Stimpson d.stimpson@bdsbranches.org.uk  07720 813989
Vice-Chairman  Sean Woodger       
Treasurer David Jennings       
Secretary Neil Macfarlane n.macfarlane@bdsbranches.org.uk  07970 666169

Additional committee members

Adrian Dagger
Tim Cooper
Daniel Francis
Joe Dale
Glen Poland

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
BN Brighton
BR Bromley
CR Croydon
CT Canterbury
DA Dartford
GU1 - GU9 Guildford
GU13 Guildford
GU15 - GU16 Guildford
GU18 - GU20 Guildford
GU23 - GU25 Guildford
GU27 - GU29 Guildford
GU36 - GU45 Guildford
GU48 - GU50 Guildford
GU53 and above Guildford
HA Harrow
KT Kingston upon Thames
ME Medway
NW London
RH Redhill
SE London
SM Sutton
SW London
TN Tonbridge
TW Twickenham
UB Uxbridge
W London
WC London
WD Watford

Members will be allocated to the area in which they live, however they may choose their branch or be registered in two or more if they so wish.

News

Observations in the Field

It seems the roe rut came and went, somewhat unobtrusively in many areas, having no noticeable start or finish. Rutting behaviour was observed but seemed not as lively or intense as usual, and in fact, is still being observed as this is written this in the third week of August. 

The fallow cull has also started. In the South East area we have very high numbers and crop damage, notably in East Sussex and Kent, is heavy. In one reported case, a wheat field damaged to the point where it wasn’t worth running the combine harvester through it.

However, there is an issue with getting the carcasses into the food chain. Game dealers have a backlog of deer and are mostly not paying an amount that covers culling costs. One deer manager even donated some to a homeless shelter, as indeed suggested by our Chairman in his foreword in the last “Deer". We are also being asked who can take carcasses.

Our recent BDS webinar touched upon this and it is a difficult situation which needs addressing urgently.

Don’t forget that if you wish to report deer sightings for the ongoing survey, you can register with Charles Smith-Jones at technical@bds.org.uk, who will be glad to receive any additional data. You can also send in deer sightings including RTA's using our Deer App.

Summer Shows

Members are well aware that our show schedule has been swept aside by the effects of and response to Covid-19. This has been a great loss to the Branch – and to those members of the public whom we meet (some on a recurring basis).

The good news though, is that the Autumn Show & Game Fair at Ardingly will go ahead on the planned dates 3rd & 4th October.

Though there will – of necessity – be some changes to ensure we comply with the government guidelines and offer our display team and visitors a safe environment to enjoy the stand, we are hoping as far as possible to provide the high quality of display and information for which our team have become well known.

Rut Walk

The annual Friends of Richmond Park Rut Walk is not planned to go ahead at the moment. However, please keep an eye on the website for any changes to this.

Christmas Shoot

We regret to advise that due to the new Government “Lockdown” regulations, which can be seen at 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

 all shooting ranges will have to close, at least until 2nd December 2020. The NRA Ranges at Bisley are closed and our range day on 22nd November at BSRC, Bisley is therefore cancelled.

 We will keep you advised when something can be arranged but as things stand now it is likely to be our range day and Branch AGM in February 2021 (date to be confirmed).

Branch AGM

The Branch AGM is hoped to be held in mid-February, at BSRC Bisley, following the end of the first range day of the year. This will be subject to its feasibility under Covid-19 Regulations in place in the new year and the date and additional details will be advised in early 2020 after range bookings are confirmed, so please keep an eye on the website and January edition of Deer for the date.

Ongoing Branch Activities

Despite Lockdown, the Branch continues to receive and assist with a range of calls and enquiries from members of the public. We also monitor articles in the press and across other media – providing direct input when required and the situation presents itself. This will no doubt increase as Lockdown continues to be lifted. This role is central to our overall approach to helping safeguard our deer population through increasing general awareness and preventing the spread of dangerous misconceptions.

Email

Finally, our regular plea for members to please ensure that we have an up to date email address for you on our records. Though some members may indeed be without an email address – or may perhaps have changed it - for those who have supplied a correct one it greatly facilitates communication and significantly reduces cost. If your contact details have changed please email membership@bds.org.uk 

Stay safe and stay well.