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

Branch area and committee

Chair Chris Faircliffe
Vice Chair Tommy Freimuth
Secretary Ian Pratt
Treasurer Anthony Fraser
Committee Members Phil Eager & Charlie Harrison
Postcode Area
CV Coventry
LE Leicester
LN Lincoln
NG Nottingham
NN Northampton
PE Peterborough




Saturday 10th June 2023

Tour of Castle AShby

Saturday 15th July 2023

private guided walk around the woods of Boughton Estate

Saturday 5th August 2023

Range Day - Swayfield

Sunday 10th September 2023

Shot Site Seminar - Kettering

See the news section below for more details.


No upcoming events, please check back soon.


Private guided walk around the woods of Boughton Estate

East Mercia Branch are pleased to report that we’ve been able to secure a private guided walk around the woods of Boughton Estate, Kettering, Northants. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to see beautiful native flora and fauna with the guide being one of the most experienced members of staff from that Estate. The walk is specifically designed around how deer management and forestry interact together.

It’s anticipated that this walk will take around 2 hours, and has been very well supported and received on previous occasions.

This walk will take place on Saturday the 15th of July with participants meeting at 1400hrs. 

If you would like to attend please contact Ian Pratt East Mercia BDS Sec by emailing to book a place. 

Once attendance has been booked we will publish a meeting place with the postcode and what3words reference.

The priority will be given to BDS members on a first come first served basis, but non-members will also be very welcome. Numbers will be limited to 30 places. 

It’s priced at £10 per adult with children under 14 being welcome and also free. Dogs are also welcome and are also free of charge, provided they are well-behaved. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Fallow deer running near the forest making dust clouds
Muntjac buck feeding at the edge of a forest


If your contact information has changed please make sure to let us know.  To update your details simply email or call 01425 655434.


Surveillance for coronaviruses in wildlife

Surveillance for Coronaviruses in Wildlife

The British Deer Society is asking its members and supporters to assist with a surveillance study looking into coronaviruses in wildlife. This study aims to support the development of diagnostic tests, aid future surveillance, and improve preparedness for future coronavirus outbreaks.

Red Deer Stags at Sunset in Scotland By Mark Connelly

BDS CEO Goes Live On TalkTV To Promote Fact-led Deer Management

David Mcauley, British Deer Society (BDS) CEO went live on TalkTV and Radio at the weekend to promote the importance of having more fact-led approaches in deer management, less sensationalism in the media around total UK deer numbers and to speak up for deer welfare.

Deer Management in the UK: Sustainability Verses Eradication

Deer Management in the UK: Sustainability Verses Eradication

Recently, we received a heartfelt letter from a dedicated member of the British Deer Society (BDS), a seasoned deer stalker with 30 years of experience who was dismayed by the indiscriminate and unsustainable shooting of roe deer around his management areas. His words shed light on the evolving challenges faced by conscientious deer managers who prioritise legal and humane practices in an environment where not all shooters share the same values.

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