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South West Scotland

South West Scotland

Branch information and events

Events 2019/20

8th September  Parton Range Day
12th October Deer Dog Day, Balmaclellan
TBC October Gong Shoot, Cornharrow Estate
26th January 2020 Branch AGM, Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway

Branch contacts

Chairman Alan Marshall 
Secretary Tom Clark 


Best Practice Day

The BDS Southwest Scotland Branch are holding their popular best practice day again at Millbank Deer Farm, Lockerbie by kind permission of Gareth & Emma Boyes.

The day will be held on Sunday the 1st September and will include practical gralloching and butchery demonstrations as well as a chance for members to get their hands dirty by carrying out the tasks themselves under the supervision of experienced members and professionals. Lunch will be provided by the branch and will consist of a barbeque where attendees will be able to taste the results of their work earlier in the day.

This is a highlight of the branch calendar and a day not to be missed, places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For further information and booking, please contact Tom Clark.

Range Days

2019 Glenswinton range dates are now confirmed as being the second Sunday in the month from April to October (inclusive). The range days are an opportunity for new and existing members of all abilities to zero and practice in an excellent facility. There are always a good number of experienced members available for advice and guidance. The cost of the day for members remains at £6.


Annual General Meeting

The branch AGM was held at the Ken Bridge Hotel on January 21. Kinder weather than 2018 ensured a very healthy turnout. In a change to the planned speaker who had to, unfortunately, pull out, Alistair McGugan (SNH) gamely stepped in and delivered a thought-provoking and characteristically humorous talk about deer and how they fit into modern Scotland. The £20 raffle prize of a Galloway red hind stalk was won by Chris Strawbridge. The branch presented Glen Heggs and Keith Snow each a painting by local artist Patrick Laurie as a token of gratitude for serving respectively as Chairman and Secretary for over a decade.