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Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Midlands, Wales & the Marches branch including events, contacts, and news.

Branch Area and committee

 Phone T: 07885 843298
ChairIan Skelton
Vice ChairAlan Barrell
SecretarySally Barrell
TreasurerArnoud Roele
Training OfficerDominic Hayes

Committee members:
John Richards, Richard Evans, Chris Lawton, Robert Taylor and Graham Barratt

Postcode Area
B Birmingham
CH Chester
CW Crewe
DE Derby
DY Dudley
HR Hereford
LD Llandrindod Wells
LL Llandudno
SA Swansea
ST Stoke-on-Trent
SY Shrewsbury
TF Telford
WR Worcester
WS Walsall
WV Wolverhampton


Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic.



24th Mar 7:30PM

WEBINAR: Meet the Sponsor Blaser Special (Online)

28th Mar 10:00 AM

Annual General Meeting (Online via Zoom)

We are also on Facebook please search ‘BDS Midlands Wales and Marches Branch

Next Event

Information regarding the next event will be posted here when available.


2019 Events Review

We had a fairly busy summer in 2019 attending agricultural shows and the Midland Game Fair. At the Midland Game Fair we had Charles Smith-Jones signing copies of his latest book and we also had the popular ‘Forest walk quiz’. Sadly it looks like this may have been the last Midland Game Fair.

An enjoyable evening was had with Patrick Faulkner who gave an exceptional talk on ‘Venison, Food of Kings’ complete with tasters, he concluded with a talk on bullet placement for which he brought along his ‘wire framed’ roe deer to explain.

We attended the Newport Agricultural Society Show, this was the first time we attended this event which was very successful.

Awareness days were held at Chasewater Park and Cannock Chase Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive.

Our last event was a Butchery demonstration by Dominic Hayes, our very own ‘Master Butcher’. This was limited to ten people and was oversubscribed. Another is scheduled shortly.

Stay in touch

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


Changes to DSC1 and DSC2

Changes to DSC1 and DSC2

Information has recently been shared relating to changes to DSC1 and DSC2 made by Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ).. These changes come into effect on April the 1st.

relaxation Covid-19 restrictions

Relaxation of Covid-19 Restrictions

Due to the planned relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, the BDS will from March the 8th be resuming delivery of DSC1 and Deer Management Courses. Find out more.

New Video – How to Complete a Habitat Impact Assessment

The Farm Advisory Service has produced a great new video detailing How to Complete a Habitat Impact Assessment.

In the video Conservation Consultant, Helen Bibby, and Professor Rory Putman, Chair of the British Deer Society & visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, take you through all the key steps on how to undertake a Habitat Impact Assessment.

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