British Deer Society AGM Weekend
Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th May 2017
The Society will be holding its annual weekend meeting in South Wales, located in the beautiful Usk Valley at the five-star luxury spa and golf Celtic Manor Resort within 2000 acres of parkland. We have been given excellent accommodation rates at the resort including full English breakfast and we anticipate a really great weekend.
Members arriving on Friday evening are asked to please make their own dining arrangements either within one of the resort restaurants or there is decent pub grub and eateries to be found down the road in Caerleon or Newport.
Saturday will revolve around a series of seminars and include updates on BDS research projects, new work in the offing, items of interest and end with a gourmet venison master class by the National Culinary team. Saturday evening will start with pre-dinner drinks and a true Welsh welcome followed by the Society Dinner.
Sunday morning will allow for a slow leisurely breakfast with maybe time for a stroll or luxuriating in the spa before gathering with others arriving to attend the AGM formal meeting. Following on from the business and general discussions there will be a pre-paid sandwich buffet lunch available for members before travelling homeward.
We much hope to welcome as many members as possible to this weekend and wish to thank our generous sponsors Celtic Manor Resort for helping making this event possible.
Saturday 13th May 2017
Day of seminars - approximate timings
The day of seminars is expected to cover current/recent research and areas of interest including Chronic Wasting Disease, Lyme borreliosis, Deer Disturbance -anthropogenic disturbance on resource use, The Starr Carr Research Project, Roe Deer Distribution in Wales, UK Deer Distribution, Genome wide selection analysis in parallel founder deer populations and more - the actual schedule and presenters will be publicised on the BDS website and via Deerbytes once confirmed. Anticipated timings are:
1000 Seminars with mid-morning tea/coffee break
1300 Sandwich buffet lunch
1400 Seminars continue
1500 Gourmet venison master class
1630 End of sessions
1930 Welcome pre-dinner sparkling drinks
2000 Four course dinner with wine
Dress code: Lounge suit
Should you require a vegetarian dish please state this when booking. A bar will be open for drinks. Wine will be provided at the table by generous sponsors with additional available to purchase by the bottle prior to taking your seat for dinner.
Saturday’s Seminars £28.50 ( including lunch and refreshments throughout the day) AGM Dinner £50 (Welcome drink, 4 course dinner including wine with the meal).
Sunday 14th May 2017 - AGM
1015 - 1045 Coffee and Registration in the Conwy Suite
1100 Society Annual General Meeting
1230 - 1400 Pre-booked sandwich buffet lunch with tea & coffee
Sunday Sandwich buffet lunch and refreshments £21.50
The Celtic Manor Resort is just off the M4 (J24), only 90 minutes from London Heathrow, 45 minutes from Cardiff Airport and Bristol Airport and 5 minutes from the Severn Bridge. It is located close to intercity rail services at Newport, with direct trains to Cardiff, London Paddington, and Birmingham.
For directions by road, rail or air: http://www.celtic-manor.com/location
Celtic Manor Resort
BDS has been given an excellent accommodation rate of £80 per night per room (single or double occupancy) including full English breakfast. Alternative accommodation options are listed on the booking form.
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