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Central Scotland

Central Scotland

Branch information and events

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


February 'Best Practice' training day at Balmanno Estate

Branch contacts

Chairman Andrew Souter  
Secretary Iain Semple  07790 764340      

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
DD Dundee
FK Falkirk
G Glasgow
KY Kirkcaldy
PH1 - PH18 Perth


Castle Game

On September 22, Central Branch visited Castle Game Ltd in Linlithgow for a tour of the facilities and a talk on game handling procedures.  We are much indebted to the owners, Andy Smith and Neil Gilmour, both for volunteering their time and energy and for sharing their vast experience.

The visit incorporated all aspects of the current hygiene rules and regulations which underpin their successful game dealer business. The party also gained an insight into the challenges of maintaining ready supplies of such a wide variety of game for an equally wide range of clients and outlets.

Lead-Free Ammunition

On October 27 Ed Bewsher of Edinburgh Rifles delivered a highly informative and enjoyable presentation on lead-free ammunition at the Grouse and Claret, Kinross. He explained in great detail both the advantages and challenges of lead-free ammunition, including the availability of different alloy alternatives in a variety of calibres (generally over 6.5).

Our thanks are extended to Ed for providing us with some much-needed clarity on what is becoming a contentious issue in respect to the debate on lead contamination in meat.

Game Cookery Evening

Central Branch hosted their annual game cookery evening on November 20 at SRUC Elmwood Campus, Fife. The evening was a great success, hosting 48 members and their guests and filling the restaurant to capacity. The food, cooked by students at the college, was outstanding, comprising a range of wild game canapes, starters, and main courses.

Our congratulations are extended once again to Declan Deveney who, having won the game cookery competition in the preceding week, provided a demonstration on preparing a haunch of fallow which was subsequently served as the main course. The branch was also delighted to raise £600 in the raffle, presenting a Martin Ridley print of a roe deer to the winner.

This event occurs annually in the third week of November and is highly recommended to any members that have not previously attended.   

Forthcoming Events

February, ‘Best Practice’ training day at Balmanno Estate, Perthshire. Date and details TBC, the information will be circulated in due course.