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Midlands, Wales & the Marches

Midlands, Wales & the Marches

Branch information and events

Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Midlands, Wales & the Marches branch including events, contacts, and news.


Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic. 

Sunday 5th April First Aid plus F Course at Chaserwater Country Park, Burntwood, Walsall WS8 7NL
18th/19th April The Great Shires held at the Three Counties Showground Malvern

More details on these events can be found below under news.

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

Branch contacts

Chairman Ian Skelton  T: 07885 843298
Secretary Sally Barrell  

Branch Areas

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


2019 Events Review

We had a fairly busy summer in 2019 attending agricultural shows and the Midland Game Fair. At the Midland Game Fair we had Charles Smith-Jones signing copies of his latest book and we also had the popular ‘Forest walk quiz’. Sadly it looks like this may have been the last Midland Game Fair.

An enjoyable evening was had with Patrick Faulkner who gave an exceptional talk on ‘Venison, Food of Kings’ complete with tasters, he concluded with a talk on bullet placement for which he brought along his ‘wire framed’ roe deer to explain.

We attended the Newport Agricultural Society Show, this was the first time we attended this event which was very successful.

Awareness days were held at Chasewater Park and Cannock Chase Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive.

Our last event was a Butchery demonstration by Dominic Hayes, our very own ‘Master Butcher’. This was limited to ten people and was oversubscribed. Another is scheduled shortly.

Up Coming Events

Larder Day, demonstration at Attingham Park Deer Larder on Sunday 23rd February.

The event will commence at 09.30 and finish at approximately 13.00 Master Butcher Dominic Hayes will be demonstrating the butchery of a Fallow Carcass, there will also be a demonstration and discussion on home sausage and burger making.

The fee to attend is £40 with a non-refundable £20 deposit, venison will be available for purchase after the event. 

Places on the course will not be confirmed until payment has been received.  It also provides the opportunity to see a well equipped small larder in use. Max places 10. 

To book email Sally at  

AGM on Sunday 15th March at Chasewater Country Park, Burntwood, Walsall. WS8 7NL.

Tea and coffee from 10.30 am with AGM starting at 11 am.

All Welcome but for catering purposes please contact Sally at if you wish to attend.

First Aid plus F Course

Date: Sunday 5th April 2020 at Chaserwater Country Park, Burntwood, Walsall WS8 7NL, to start at 8.45 from 9 am until 5 pm

Tea, coffee, and biscuits provided but delegates need to bring their own lunch.

Cost:  £70 with a 50% (£35) non-refundable deposit to be paid in advance.  Places will not be confirmed on the course until payment has been received.  Contact: Ian, at for further information.

Max places 16

Reloading and Range Days.

Anyone interested in Range Days or reloading events to contact  directly to gauge interest.


The branch will have a stand at the Great Shires held at the Three Counties Showground Malvern on 18th/19th April 2020.  Members who would be available to volunteer on the stand are always welcome. Contact  Ian at

Other events and shows will be publicised via Deer magazine, the branch Facebook page or on the branch page of the BDS web site.