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


ChairmanCarmen Hocking 

The SW Committee meets several times a year at various locations around the South West. The meetings cover the management of Branch funds and property. But also, event planning plays an important part of the Committee’s work.

If you feel inclined to join in then please contact any member of the team.

BA1 – BA11Bath
BA20 – BA22Bath


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



4th Mar 7:30PM

South West Branch AGM (Online)

24th Mar 7:30PM

WEBINAR: Meet the Sponsor Blaser Special (Online)

Next Event

AGM of the South West England Branch

04/03/2021 7:30 PM

The 2021 AGM will be held online via Zoom on Thursday 4th March 2021 commencing at 7:30 pm. The main business of the meeting will be to receive reports from the officers of the Branch, to approve the accounts, also the election of officers and committee for the following year. AGENDA

  1. Apologies.
  2. Minutes of the previous AGM and subsequent approval.
  3. Chair’s Report.
  4. Treasurer’s report.
  5. The Chair and the Vice-Chair have indicated that they wish to stand down. Mr R Brentnall has indicated that he would wish to stand as Chair for the period 2021-22
  6. Election of Branch Officials.  There will need to be members put forward for the Chair / Vice-Chair / Secretary and Treasurer
  7. Election of the  Committee members
  8. AOB.
To register for the AGM, send apologies or for other enquiries please email David Mcauley using


High seat Workshop

This event attracted 5 members who attended the workshop given by Ryan Brentnell at his premises near Okehampton. The day engendered lively discussions and good woodworking skills, with the making of several free-standing models.

In total, three high seats were manufactured and purchased by the members, who only paid £25 to Branch funds to attend the training but were also delighted to take the ladders away at cost price of only £100 each! If this mini one-day course appeals, then please email to lodge your interest, and if enough interest is generated then a further course can be run in 2020.


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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