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
Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic.
|Chairman||Derek Stimpsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07720 813989|
|Secretary||Neil Macfarlaneemail@example.com||07970 666169|
Additional committee members
|GU1 - GU9||Guildford|
|GU15 - GU16||Guildford|
|GU18 - GU20||Guildford|
|GU23 - GU25||Guildford|
|GU27 - GU29||Guildford|
|GU36 - GU45||Guildford|
|GU48 - GU50||Guildford|
|GU53 and above||Guildford|
|KT||Kingston upon Thames|
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be glad to receive any additional data. You can also send in deer sightings including RTA's using our Deer App.
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.
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.
We are hoping to hold our Christmas Shoot this year on Sunday 22th November at the BSRC Range, Bisley. As will be expected there are likely to be some significant changes in shooting protocols this year, and we will probably not be able to hold the usual barbecue. Also, members will each need to have a valid SCC in order to shoot as one to one supervision will be unlikely to be possible
Further details and confirmation will be made available by email and on the website in due course. Please ensure you read these before attending. If you are unable to comply you will not be able to shoot on the day.
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.
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 email@example.com
Stay safe and stay well.