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


Chair Nick Morrall
Secretary John Campbell-Smith




8th September 2024

Inter-Branch Shoot at Cawdor

8th October 2024

Gun Design and Development from 1770 to 1900


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Branch Updates

  • On Thursday 27 June, Bisley at Braidwood hosted BDS branch members to shoot in their annual clay pigeon shoot. Weather conditions were challenging with a very strong wind playing havoc with the 50 sporting clays we each got to shoot at. 


    1st Nick Morrall – set of glasses

    2nd Jim Burnett – set of glasses

    3rd Noreen Laurenson – set of glasses

    4th John Campbell-Smith

    5th Calum Abernethy

  • On Saturday 22 June 2024 in ideal weather conditions at Lothian & Borders Rifle Club, BDS SE Scotland members shot for the Wilf Cross Trophy.  Targets were shot at 100m and 200m from a variety of positions to simulate field use of a stalking rifle. 


               1st Tony Manktelow – Wilf Cross Trophy

               2nd John Campbell-Smith

              3rd David Field – Moe Morris Shield for best factory rifle score

              4th Steve Baldry

  •  On 21st May, Ben Harrower gave an exceptionally interesting presentation on the use of drones to observe deer and other wildlife.
  • On 5th March, Jimmy Simpson gave a fascinating presentation on deer health and illustrated some of the issues that may occasionally be found. Jimmy agreed to come back again in the future to talk further on deer health.
  • On 6th Feb, Ed Bewsher of Edinburgh Rifles and Sporting Goods gave a fascinating presentation on reloading. Ed brought along a comprehensive set of reloading equipment and a cutaway rifle barrel to illustrate the intricacies of chambering a round. He also brought along a selection of rifle powders and primers and talked through how best to utilise them. 
  • Can any branch members requiring butchery training please contact the Secretary for details of a trainer who can provide 1:1 or 1:2 sessions on demand?
  • Can any suggestions for events be forwarded to the Secretary? 
  • Can any potential venues in the SE Scotland branch area be highlighted to the Secretary?

Many Thanks, 

John Campbell-Smith

Secretary BDS SE Scotland Branch

Clay Pigeon Shoot SES
Clay Pigeon Shoot SES
Wilf Cross Trophy
Wilf Cross Group Photo


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Summer 2024 edition Digital Deer

Discover the Latest Insights in Digital Deer’s Summer 2024 Edition!

We are delighted to announce the release of the Summer 2024 edition of our highly anticipated free online taster version of the members’ magazine, Digital Deer. Packed with exciting content, this edition is your gateway to the latest news, research, and insights from the world of deer. Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect:

Deer feeding in Phoenix park Dublin by Croatorum

Protect Our Park – Don’t Feed The Deer Campaign at Phoenix Park

Ireland’s Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched the ‘Protect Our Park – Don’t Feed the Deer’ campaign, aiming to alter public behaviour to safeguard the wild deer in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. This initiative follows a recent University College Dublin (UCD) report highlighting the negative impact of human feeding on the behaviour and welfare of the park’s deer population.

Understanding Tick Hazards in South Downs National Park: New Research Insights

Understanding Tick Hazards in South Downs National Park

The British Deer Society is excited to share the findings of a groundbreaking research project we supported, aimed at understanding tick hazards in South Downs National Park (SDNP). As the UK’s most visited national park, SDNP attracts countless visitors every year, making the management of tick-borne diseases a critical public health concern.

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