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South West England

South West England

Branch information and events


We wish all our members and friends a happy and prosperous 2017 and look forward to seeing many of you at the various events we have planned for the year so far:

18-19 March     Westcountry Game Fair, Shepton Mallet
26 March     Members’ Day and AGM, Powderham Castle, Exeter
21-23 April     DSC Level 1, Hockworthy, Nr.Wellington, Somerset
18-20 May     Devon County Show, Exeter
8-10 June     Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
8-9 July     Annual shoot weekend, Trewartha Farm, Nr. Launceston
2 Aug     North Devon Show, Umberleigh
3 Aug     Honiton Show
5 Aug     Parish Garden Party, Prideaux Place, Padstow
22-24 Sept     DSC Level 1, Hartland, North Devon
27 Oct     Fundraising Evening - Antiques with Bonhams at Prideaux
    Place, Padstow

Branch contacts

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2017 News

Fundraising Evening - Antiques with Bonhams at Prideaux Place, Padstow - Friday 27th October

7.00pm for 7.30pm until 10.00pm

The British Deer Society South West of England Branch is Raising Funds for Welfare and Education 

Bring along something special for AN EVENING OF ANTIQUES & VALUATIONS with Bonhams

By kind permission of Mr and Mrs Peter Prideaux-Brune

Tickets £25

To include a Prosecco and Canapes Interval

  pdf Download booking form (105 KB)

July 2017 update

It has been a very busy year so far for our Branch. In March we attended The Westcountry Game Fair at Shepton Mallet and in May and June the Devon County and Royal Cornwall Shows, the latter being major shows in our area and both held in adverse weather conditions which affected the footfall to our stands somewhat. A huge thank you to all those who helped in any way.

We have held two very successful training events. In April we held a DSC Level 1 course in Hockworthy, Somerset and in May a NRA Range Conducting Officers Course in Launceston.

2017 AGM and Members’ Day

Our AGM and Member’s Day was held on Sunday 26th March at Powderham Castle, Exeter by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Devon.

Gathered in the medieval style Dining Hall we were treated to three exceptionally well presented talks. Charles Smith-Jones on the 2016/17 Deer Survey, Alex Barlow MRCVS on TB and CWD in deer and John Thornley OBE, author and deer consultant who gave us a fascinating and personal insight into stalking fallow.

Our well attended AGM followed, your Branch Officers and Committee were all re-elected with Martin Lamb additionally being elected as Vice Chairman and Pete Kerton being elected as a new Committee Member.

Lunch was taken in the Libraries overlooking the Deer Park before we were treated to a guided tour of the Castle and a tour of the Park with its fine herd of fallow and stunning views across the Exe estuary. Another extremely successful event.