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Branch information and events


8 Feb

Branch AGM, Lyndhurst Community Centre, 7.30pm

12 April

TALKING STALKING EVENT, The George Albert Hotel, DT2 9PW, 18.30 to 22.00

Branch contacts

Chairman Dorothy Ireland 
Secretary Hugh Goodman   
Membership      Stephen Farr     
Treasurer Karene Johnson  
Range Officer David S Davies  
Photographic Officer George Trebinski  

David Barrett, Mark Hatt-Cook, Robert Hall, Trevor Hughes, Roger Ireland, Matthew Moore, Nigel Dewing.             

Hon. Vet. Keith Cutler BSc MRVCS


TALKING STALKING EVENT - 12th APRIL 2018-18.30 to 22.00


The George Albert Hotel, on the A37 between Dorchester and Yeovil - DT2 9PW (see map on the booking link below).

Join the BASC and Wessex Branch British Deer Society and enjoy an evening event covering a broad spectrum of current deer stalking issues.

Speakers will include:

Dominic Griffiths - Renowned deer manager and author - Exploring the impact of extended open seasons on deer management
Laura Brewer - Public Health Manager working alongside the Dorset Rural Crime Team - Improving the standards and traceability of game meat entering the food chain.
Mark Hatt-Cook - Manager of the BASC Dorset Stalking Scheme - Stalking schemes as an opportunity to gain stalking experience
Claire Dinsdale - Dorset Police Deputy Lead for Wildlife Crime - An update on new collaborative rural policing.

There will also be an opportunity for head measuring by prior arrangement. Please contact James Green at if you have a head that you would like to be measured.

The following selected companies will be in attendance to demonstrate innovative additions to their stalking catalogue:

Nomad UK Clothing - Designed by the stalker for the stalker
Swarovski Optik - Who need no introduction for their world leading stalking optics
Thomas Jacks Ltd - Offering the largest range of night vision equipment in the UK

The Evening is also being supported by The Sportsman Gun Centre, the UK’s largest supplier of stalking equipment, clothing, optics and rifles. 137 metres from the George Albert Hotel the Centre is only a short walk away and will be open during the event for attendees with special offers on the night. Arrive early from 17.00 and meet over tea and coffee in The Sportsman Gun Centre.

There will be refreshments and a raffle ticket with great prizes included within the nominal ticket price.


Come along and meet like-minded people with similar interests. 

2018 AGM - 8 Feb 2018

The Annual General Meeting of Wessex Branch of the British Deer Society will be held on Thursday 8th February 2018 at 7.30pm in Lyndhurst Community Centre.

Our Guest speaker will be Laura Brewer who as a Purbeck Health Manager for Purbeck District Council is working with the Dorset Rural Crime Partnership to improve standards in the supply of wild game meat entering the food chain. Laura has a detailed understanding of the various game meat which to the deer manager and stalker can be confusing.


Chairman Dorothy Ireland
Secretary  Hugh Goodman
Dear Members,

Welcome to all those new members who have joined over the last few months, good to have you as a member. This newsletter is a little different than before, I have been informed that certain members cannot open attachments, so it has been suggested we try this way as an email, so here goes!!

Most of the early shows were reported in the last journal, however, The New Forest Show happened after the final date of sending in the report. The Show was quite a mixture of weather, two days not so bad, but the Wednesday it rained most of the day. We had a new position this year, the other side of the Cookery Demonstration marquee, and it proved really good for us, a great number of the public coming in to ask and talk about the deer in their gardens and what we could do about them, plus it was good on the education side for the children like bees round a honeypot at the touch table.

Our final show of the season will be The Royal Berkshire Show at Newbury Show Ground on September 16th/17th, the map shows us in our usual position. Look for K365 and you should find us! Come in and say hello.
Friday 29th September we have been invited, especially Dorset Members, to an evening with ‘Blackmoor Vale Shooting & Conservation Society’ to listen and join in with WPC Claire Dinsdale  of Dorset Police on Rural Crime in Dorset. It takes place at Cobham Sports & Social Club, Merley Park Road, Ashington, Broadstone, Wimborne BH21 3DA,  Start time:  20-00pm food and a bar open at 18-30pm.
You will be most welcome to attend, I hope to attend so will meet up with you there.
Sunday October 8th , 9.30am for 10am start we make a return visit to ‘Vicars Game Ltd’ at Ashampstead Berkshire, by kind invitation from Alan Hayward. Alan will show us around the unit, before the skinning of a deer then the most rewarding part showing us how to joint the carcass. There is never much wastage in how Alan, a professional craftsman, cuts the joints for the table, sausage making is always fun!! An extra attraction this year, Alan now has a small herd of deer next to the premises, plus of course the shop full of mouthwatering pies, cheeses, venison, everything you need for a marvelous meal, so do come and join us. Could you let me know about a week beforehand if you can so that Alan knows roughly the numbers.
Back to BVSCS, same place same time: Friday October 27th,  Kevin Rigler will do a presentation on  ‘Dogs for Deer Stalkers’ including film of dogs working on deer trails. He will also be giving a live outside demo on a 24hr blood trail to show just how good a trained deer dog can be and also an example of an untrained ordinary gun dog following the blood trail for comparison will also be shown. A further training and practical day will be arranged by Kevin for those who are interested to take their dog further.
Thursday November 2nd 7.30pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre Lyndhurst, will be the Branch Photographic Competition and Members Evening, our guest speaker will be Rob Gearing. MD from Spartan Precision Equipment Ltd, who produced a new type of Bipod in 2014. Spartan is not just about Bipods, it is about shooting systems that work together to provide you the shooter with a better opportunity to place your shot accurately, often in difficult situations. Spartan make Bipods for Blaser, Leupold, Sauer, and Strasser, it should be a very interesting  presentation. We have won the Dulverton Trophy quite a number of times now, of which as your Chairman I am very proud of. We know some of you do not enter into the Branch competition, but go onto the National one, however, by doing that you are automatically entered into the Branch where you come from hence why we are so fortunate to win the trophy, so thank you very much, however, the Branch still has its own trophy for the lucky winner, so do enter in November with us.
Thursday 8th February 7.30pm 2018 will be the Wessex Branch AGM at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Some members in the past have asked why do we have to have it then - we have to fall in line with HO and the auditors, so that all the Branch returns are back in time for the final paperwork before the National AGM, we cannot do it any other time unfortunately.
Many of you over the years have read my reports on HAD (Humane Animal dispatch) especially in Hampshire, how it took Lou and I a good number of years to convince Hampshire Constabulary they should have a system similar to Dorset. They realised this in 2007 and it was started, however it went on from there when Thames Valley and Hampshire joined forces and now we have a strong call out system between the two police forces being trained by BDS, DI and the police themselves.

Lou was behind this along with her dedication to her work at first as CountryWatch Sgt and then onto the force’s Strategic Rural Policing Inspector. Lou, as you saw in the last journal, was awarded OBE in the Queens Birthday honours, however after that a job became vacant for head of the NWCU National Wildlife Crime Unit. Lou was very fortunate to get the job for a three year secondment as temporary Chief Inspector. She leaves in November, I am sure you all will wish her well.
If this proves to work better than an attachment, and you are quite happy in receiving an email newsletter, then in future it will be delivered to you this way. Perhaps some of you could let me know, it would be a help.
Hope to see you at a future event.

Dorothy Ireland
Chairman Wessex Branch BDS
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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.