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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

Chair Ian Skelton
Phone  T: 07885 843298
Secretary Sally Barrell
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




17th July 2023

Deer Awareness Day

12th August 2023

'Shooting Practice Day

9th September 2023

Emergency First Aid at Work and Forestry

7th October 2023

Rifle practice and training day

See the news section below for more details on our events.

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


No upcoming events, please check back soon.


Deer Awareness Day

Deer Awareness Day is Sunday 17th June 2023 at Chasewater Country Park (WS8 7NL) between 10 am and 3 pm.

Ideal for anyone local interested in the deer who are looking for more information and advice. Everyone is welcome to come along.

fallow buck by Lubos Houska


We are holding a Training day at the shooting facility near Llangnyog in Wales. You will have the opportunity to shoot out to 300 meters.
As this will be the second shoot the number of spaces are limited to just 20 shooters so booking is essential.
This is a brilliant opportunity branch members for training and practice at ranges over 100 meters and is something we have been continually asked for.

Venue:  Llangynyog, Wales. Full details will be given on book-ing confirmation and payment of deposit.

Cost: £35 which includes a £20 non-refundable deposit payable on booking.

Contact Ian Skelton via email

fallow doe by Lubos Houska

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.


Surveillance for coronaviruses in wildlife

Surveillance for Coronaviruses in Wildlife

The British Deer Society is asking its members and supporters to assist with a surveillance study looking into coronaviruses in wildlife. This study aims to support the development of diagnostic tests, aid future surveillance, and improve preparedness for future coronavirus outbreaks.

Red Deer Stags at Sunset in Scotland By Mark Connelly

BDS CEO Goes Live On TalkTV To Promote Fact-led Deer Management

David Mcauley, British Deer Society (BDS) CEO went live on TalkTV and Radio at the weekend to promote the importance of having more fact-led approaches in deer management, less sensationalism in the media around total UK deer numbers and to speak up for deer welfare.

Deer Management in the UK: Sustainability Verses Eradication

Deer Management in the UK: Sustainability Verses Eradication

Recently, we received a heartfelt letter from a dedicated member of the British Deer Society (BDS), a seasoned deer stalker with 30 years of experience who was dismayed by the indiscriminate and unsustainable shooting of roe deer around his management areas. His words shed light on the evolving challenges faced by conscientious deer managers who prioritise legal and humane practices in an environment where not all shooters share the same values.

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