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South West Scotland

South West Scotland

Branch information and events

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


26th January  Branch AGM, Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway

Branch Contacts

Chairman Alan Marshall 
Secretary Tom Clark 

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
DG Dumfries
KA Kilmarnock
ML  Motherwell


Range Shoot

Unfortunately due to unforeseen estate commitments, the shoot due to be held on October 28 at Cornharrow Estate was postponed. This will be rescheduled for February or March, please keep an eye on emails for more details in due course.


The AGM will be held on January 26 at 4 pm at our usual venue of the Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway. Jake Swindells will deliver a talk centered around non-lead ammunition which has come to the fore, with some forestry companies including Forest and Land Scotland demanding non-lead ammunition is used. Is it accurate? Does it expand? is it any good - does it work? Time will be available for a likely lively discussion.

Jake has been working for BASC for the past 4 years as Country Officer for Scotland, based in Perthshire but travelling north and south to deliver training, discussion & talks and liaise with politicians and interested groups. Brought up in Stranraer, he worked down south in the police for 13 years before returning to the Borders as a gamekeeper for 4 years.

As well as the talk there will be a raffle, best cull head, and best deer photograph competitions. The AGM will be followed by dinner, to which all members and their associates are welcome. Please contact Tom Clark for further details and booking.