Good morning and welcome to The British Deer Society

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. 

22nd November

Christmas Shoot

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

The easing of lockdown certainly allows us more activity, including recreational stalking in addition to professional deer management and pest control. 

We have all noticed plenty of wildlife activity, and in particular deer going places where they wouldn’t normally go, if there were normal human activity.

This is no doubt changing now as our activity gets greater again. Please remember to stay within Government guidelines, in addition to the law of course.

As members may know the NRA has further opened some shooting at Bisley on a controlled basis, details of which can be found on the NRA and NSC websites. 

Whilst this may now include more disciplines, including some with covered firing points, we cannot yet start to shoot fully at BSRC. The running deer and running boar with their enclosed firing points are undergoing further risk assessments, which are currently in hand.  

As expected therefore the afternoon "range practice" on 12th July will not take place. 

Our next event at Bisley will be the Christmas range day on 22nd November and we all hope that the situation by then will allow us to go ahead and get together.

BDS members who are NRA members may of course use the Bisley ranges. BDS members who are not NRA members wishing to zero a rifle at Bisley may be able to do so on Fridays. You will need to respect the current guidelines and provide proof of competency. Contact the NRA Range Office and explain that you are a BDS member, offer DSCL1 or suitable proof of competency and FAC details, and state the range at which you wish to shoot. Please note that you will need to use standard lead core ammunition not monometallic bullets.  

As you will also know many shows and fairs are not taking place and as and when that changes for those we attend we will let members know.

Stay safe and stay well

 

AGM 

"SE E Branch AGM took place at the BSRC Bisley on 8th February following a well-attended range day.

The existing Officers and Committee were re-elected. 

Derek Stimpson      Chairman       

Sean Woodger       Vice-Chairman 

David Jennings      Treasurer         

Neil Macfarlane      Secretary                         

Adrian Dagger        Committee                         

Tim Cooper            Committee   

Daniel Francis        Committee   

Joe Dale                 Committee   

Glen Poland           Committee   

We will run three more events at BSRC on Bisley ranges. More details follow but meanwhile here are the dates for your diaries.

  • Stalkers Shoot Sunday 10th May 
  • Range Day pm only Sunday 12th July 
  • Christmas Shoot Sunday 22nd November

 We expect to be at several shows again this year and more news follows as dates are confirmed.”

 

Email

Finally, a call for all members to please ensure that we have an up to date email address for you on our records as this is the main channel for communication and reminders for events. This really does simplify matters, and the associated cost savings means funds are available for more pressing needs. If your contact details have changed please email membership@bds.org.uk