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Branch information and events


21 Oct             Members' evening & photographic competition, Lyndhurst Community Centre
20 Nov Ray Snook Safety Shoot, Christchurch Gun Club, Dorset. Contact David Davies This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07976 267023
9 Feb 17 Branch AGM, Lyndhurst Community Centre

Branch contacts

Chairman Dorothy Ireland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Secretary Hugh Goodman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Membership      Stephen Farr       
Treasurer Karene Johnson    
Range Officer David S Davies    
Photographic Officer George Trebinski    
Committee      David Barrett, Mark Hatt-Cook, Robert Hall, Trevor Hughes, Roger Ireland, Matthew Moore, Nigel Dewing.             
Hon. Vet. Keith Cutler BSc MRVCS


Members Evening and Photographic Competition

Friday 21st October, Lyndhurst Community Centre 7.30pm

Our presentation for the evening will be UKDTR (UK Deer Tracking and Recovery) presented by Tony Lowry. I feel very passionate about Deer Tracking to find that injured deer, it is a vital aspect of deer welfare.
It would be great if you could join us to listen to Tony on this important subject, and maybe you too could become a qualified tracker with your dog, UKDTR have come along way since they first started, now with qualified members on the call out system all over the Country.

Also, let us see if we can win the Dulverton Trophy once again for the Photographic Competition, I know there are some wonderful photographs out there, so bring them along, who knows you maybe the one to win the annual Branch Trophy.

So do join us for an interesting evening on Friday 21st October at 7.30pm Lyndhurst Community Centre.

Dorothy Ireland
Chairman Wessex Branch BDS 

Other News

The Hampshire/Thames Valley police HAD  (humane animal despatch) course is almost to be launched, I am sure those stalkers who are on the scheme would have been informed of this by now. 

You will have read in the last journal of the pending research programme regarding the underpasses in the New Forest to see how one can improve them for deer to use. We had a site meeting with Dr Jochen Langbein who said there could be improvements like deer fencing either side of the underpasses at road level, to enhance the entrance with shrubs, to encourage the deer to use it. Funding will be necessary, so at the next Animal Accident Reduction Group headed by National Parks Authority it will be decided whether this should go ahead. I personally do hope they approve it if so it will be then funding will have to be found. 

Poaching is still a topic with the police, especially in Dorset and north Hampshire, so vigilance is asked for, especially on your area where you stalk. 

Education, our powerpoints regarding deer for 8 year olds, are being tested out at this moment at several schools, we felt it was the youngsters who would be the better judges to see if we have got it right before launching it on our BDS website for other schools and groups to use. 

Range Days are still waiting for that range to turn up to use for our purposes, a great deal has been taking place regarding a suitable venue I thank those who have contributed towards this so far.

Email addresses

Email addresses, another plea for them, we cannot send the newsletters by post anymore it is too costly and I know some members must be missing out, so please send us your email address.