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South West England

South West England

Branch information and events

Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) South West England branch including events, news, and contacts.


 8th March


24-25 July

Stalkers range weekend and barbecue

Branch Contacts

Chairman Ryan Brentnall  
Secretary Sharif Adams

South West Branch Committee

The SW Committee meets several times a year at various locations around the South West. The meetings cover the management of Branch funds and property. But also, event planning plays an important part of the Committee’s work.

If you feel inclined to join in then please contact any member of the team. Details in the Deer Journal or this website.

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
BA1 - BA11 Bath
BA16 Bath
BA20 - BA22 Bath
BS Bristol
EX Exeter
PL Plymouth
TA Tauton
TQ Torquay
TR Truro


High seat Workshop

This event attracted 5 members who attended the workshop given by Ryan Brentnell at his premises near Okehampton. The day engendered lively discussions and good woodworking skills, with the making of several free-standing models.

In total, three high seats were manufactured and purchased by the members, who only paid £25 to Branch funds to attend the training but were also delighted to take the ladders away at cost price of only £100 each! If this mini one-day course appeals, then please email to lodge your interest, and if enough interest is generated then a further course can be run in 2020.

Summer Range Weekend

The range weekend and BBQ will be held at Trewortha but at this time we are unable to offer a date as the Range availability is currently not known. Once known, the date will be emailed to all and notified in the April edition of ‘Deer’ and placed on the SW branch web page.

West Country Game Fair

This prestigious event is to take place over the weekend of March 21-22 at the Bath & West Show Ground, Somerset. The branch will be in attendance, sharing our stand with the well-known and gifted taxidermist Paul Taylor. Please visit us for a catch-up and chat. If you feel like volunteering to help on the stand you will be made most welcome. Again, please email if you wish to be involved. 

Branch AGM

The South West AGM and Members day is booked for March 8 at Prideaux Place, Padstow, PL28 8RP by kind permission of Peter Prideaux-Brune.

The programme will be similar to previous events with guest speakers, a short, sharp AGM followed by lunch, and a chance to tour the grand old house and watch one of the oldest herds of fallow being fed at very close proximity.  Should any South West BDS members have any items for the AGM agenda, please submit them to the branch Secretary, Sharif Adams. Members may also nominate themselves for a role on the Committee, providing they have a proposer and a seconder.

The closing date for all such nominations is March 1. It is with sadness we have to announce that Rosemary Bethell is to stand down as branch President after more than 40 years’ service to the BDS. Rosemary has acted in every role from Treasurer to Chairman and even National Vice-Chair. We will all miss her extremely knowledgeable counsel.  The following members have been proposed and seconded for Committee roles subject to election by the membership at the AGM. 

President: Paul Messenger

Chairman: Ryan Brentnall

Vice Chairman: Vacant

Treasurer: Dom Moore

Secretary: Sharif Adams

Committee Members: Carmen Hocking, Hamish Dawe, Paul Symons, Rob Durrant