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Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Northern Ireland branch including events, news, and contacts.


Chair & Treasurer Adrian Fitzsimons
Secretary Osmond Gurgan

Chair and Treasurer: Adrian Fitzsimons
Secretary: Osmond Gurgan
Deer Recorder: John Hetherington
Training Officer: Eric Rosborough
Media Liaison: Martin Malone
Education Officer: Jodie Donnelly
Deer Research Officer: Prof. Jaimie Dick 

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The Game Banquet

For the seventh year running, the branch sponsored a Gala Game Banquet organised by the Ulster Reform Club for its members and guests. We support this event as part of the branch’s promotional strategy aimed at taking the BDS message to a wider audience than we can reach through our presence at game fairs and similar activities.

The Branch donates a carcass of wild venison which the Club’s Head Chef uses to create the centrepiece main course of a truly fine dining occasion. Greg Kane, representing BDS-NI, delivered a PowerPoint presentation on the work of the BDS, the various deer species found in Northern Ireland, and the importance of deer management. Additionally, the Branch Chair very generously donates a case of wine as the first prize for a ballot held in aid of Belfast’s St Anne’s Cathedral Christmas Appeal which underpins a range of local charities doing essential community work but which are too small to afford professional fundraising support.

Gralloching and Butchery Demonstration

This took place at the farm of our Branch Chairman, John Hetherington, on March 2, 2019, This event is what we now refer to as a “Carlsberg Event”. Yes, you guessed it. This was probably the best event of the year and was the one we received the most positive feedback from you the members. Indeed, nearly everyone who attended this event wanted to know when we would run another one.  You won’t have too long to wait as we hope to run a similar event soon.

At this stage I would like to pay tribute to our outgoing Chairman John Hetherington who unstintingly gives of his time and makes available his premises for many different events throughout the year. Thanks also to our committee and the membership of BDS NI for giving us yet another successful year.

Branch AGM

We are looking forward to the first event of 2020 which will, of course, be the Branch AGM. This year we are privileged to have BDS Chairman Rory Putnam come over and participate.


If your contact information has changed please make sure to let us know.  To update your details simply email or call 01425 655434.


roe deer at sunrise in a misty winter forest Norfolk by Simon Bratt

BDS Response to the Defra Consultation on Proposed Deer Management Strategy

The British Deer Society (BDS) has reviewed in detail the consultation on proposed deer management published by Defra on the 4th of August 2022. Whilst we welcome the consultation in general terms, and in particular the intent to develop a wider market for venison, we have serious concerns about some of the proposals.

Revised Wild Game Guidance

Publication of Revised Wild Game Guidance

The revised Wild Game Guidance (WGG) has been published on 25th July 2022. Revision of the content post-consultation (working in collaboration with FSA England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Food Standards Scotland), has resulted in a robust review on the WGG for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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