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South East Scotland

South East Scotland

Branch information and events

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





5th November

Social Evening

Edinburgh Town

If you have any suggestions for other subjects to be covered at meetings please email them to David Overton at

As the dates for some events/topics may be subject to change please check this web page for up to date information on the ‘what, when and where’ on the Branch meetings.

Members who are interested in attending/participating in the branch shoots should contact Tony Manktelow ( ) for further details.

Branch Contacts

Chairman Nick Morrall 
Secretary David Overton
Branch shoots Tony Manktelow

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
EH Edinburgh
TD Galashieldd


Conflict and Coexistence - Glen Lyon Deer Project

Conflict and Coexistence - Glen Lyon Deer Project

On the 8th October Solene Marion a 3rd year PhD Student from St Andrew University very kindly attended the branch meeting to give an update on the the Glen Lyon Deer Project and the impact of outdoor recreation activity on the distribution of red deer.

Precision Reloading

On the 3rd September Cameron Wilson gave a presentation on the methodology he has been using with great success for developing precision loads

Borders Interbranch Shoot

The Borders Shoot was held on Sunday 1st September at Grayrigg, and thanks to Sandy and Neil who were the only two from the branch who were able to attend and represent the branch. Thank you to Archie & Dave from the NE England Branch who as the combined SES/NEE team came second. Well done to NW England Branch who won the day, and were great hosts and even provided bacon rolls for breakfast and venison burgers for lunch … doesn’t get much better than that!!!

Borders Interbranch Shoot

Borders Interbranch Shoot

Scottish Interbranch Shoot

This year the Scottish Inter-branch shoot was organised by the South East Scotland Branch on Saturday the 24th Aug 2019 at Blair Atholl. Unusually for this time of year, it was a very warm day with just enough breeze to keep the midges away, perfect for a shooting competition.  Teams from South East, Highland, Central, and North East Scotland participated with a team of six-shooters.  

The overall team competition was won by the South East Scotland branch for the first time in several years with an outstanding score of 694 from a maximum of 720 points. Highland Branch was second and North East third. 

The South East Team: Tony Manktelow (Team Captain), Paul Crosbie, Cameron Wilson, Ed Bewsher, Paul Sandie and John Campbell-Smith.

Scottish Interbranch Shoot

Scottish Interbranch Shoot

 The individual high gun competition was a closely fought competition, primarily between 4 members of the South East branch, all scoring 118 out of a maximum of 120 points. The overall winner went down to the size of the group at 100 yards, Tony Manktelow took the title with a 3 round group size of 1 cm.

Thanks to all the teams that turned up on the day, the volunteer RCO’s and the butt team who contributed to the running of the range and to Tony Manktelow for organising the event on behalf of South East Branch. In addition, we would also like to thank Ed Bewsher from Edinburgh Rifles and Sporting goods for donating a price to the high gun. The baton has now been passed over to Highland Branch to organise the event in 2020, date TBC.

Branch Clay Shoot

The branch clay shoot took place on the 4th June at the Lammerlaw Gun Club, Macmerry with the best turnout I think we have ever had. Congratulations go to John McKenzie who won first place, Mark Telfer who was second and Noreen Laurenson and Jim Burnett who were joint third. Many thanks to the Lammerlaw Gun Club who hosted the event.

Blair Atholl Range Practice

On the 11th May again we were very fortunate with fair weather, light breeze and a good turnout at the range. Members of Lothian & Borders Rifle Club and the branch had the chance for some informal shooting practice at distances from 100 yards to 400 yards. Tops scores went to Paul Crosbie, Tony Manktelow and Cameron Wilson. Many thanks to Paul Crosbie, John Campbell-Smith, Iain Semple who did the preparatory work on the range before the shoot and Tony Manktelow for organising the paperwork, RCO and butt team.

Blair Atholl Range Practice

Deer, Death & Bullets

On the 7th May Jim Govan, a retired forensic ballistics expert from Police Scotland gave a presentation on how bullets respond on impact and the importance of shot placement. There has been much debate over the respective performances of copper and lead bullets. Using ballistics gel Jim was able to show a comparison of the relative effects of copper and lead bullets on a carcass.

Scottish Countryside Alliance

On the 2nd April Jamie Stewart – Director for Scottish Countryside Alliance updated branch members on Food Hygiene best practice which is currently being updated will be rolled out during 2019 and also updates on the Scottish Venison Partnership.

Kelso Stalkers Fair

The branch attended and manned a stand at this year's Deer Stalking Fair at Kelso on the 23rd/24th March. It was a great weekend and a good opportunity to mingle and catch up with stalkers from all parts of the UK and welcome some new members to the BDS.

Kelso Stalkers Fair

E-Coli in Deer

On the 5th March Cristina Soare (Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute) gave an update on ’Risk Factors for E-Coli and Coliforms in Wild Deer Processes’ deer E-coli project she was carrying out last year.

E-Coli in Deer

Minutes of Annual General Meeting

The Branch AGM was held on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at The Melville Inn, Dalkeith. Details of the elected Committee for 2019 are:

Chairman                          Nick Morrall     
Treasurer                          Not Appointed

Secretary                          David Overton
Shoot Captain                   Tony Manktelow

If you would like to receive a copy of the minutes please email

Email addresses for Branch Members

Are you receiving information from the Branch via email? If not then the Society does not have your current email address. If you wish to receive regular updates via email please advise the BDS Membership Secretary of your current email address.

The Membership Secretary contact details are: