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Branch information and events

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


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

Branch Contacts

Chairman Dorothy Ireland 
Secretary Hugh Goodman   
Membership      Stephen Farr     
Treasurer Karene Johnson  
Range Officer David S Davies  
Photographic Officer George Trebinski  

David Barrett, Mark Hatt-Cook, Trevor Hughes, Roger Ireland, Matthew Moore, Nigel Dewing, Terry Hoskins

Hon. Vet. Keith Cutler BSc MRVCS

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
BA12 - BA15 Bath
BH Bournemouth
DT Dorchester
GU10 - GU12 Guildford
GU14 Guildford
GU17 Guildford
GU21 - GU22 Guildford
GU26 Guildford
GU30 - GU35 Guildford
GU46 - GU47 Guildford
GU51 - GU52 Guildford
GY Guernsey
JE Jersey
PO Portsmouth
RG Reading
SL Slough
SN8 - SN9 Swindon
SO Southampton
SP Salisbury


2019 Shows

The final show of the season was the Royal County of Berkshire Show at Newbury Showground. It was good to see so many members, especially those who were new to  Wessex. It was also good to see the youngsters again in the marquee, especially at the Touch Table, with numerous questions about deer. The antlers once again were a great attraction to them.

Saturday was a lovely day and the crowds poured in to find a different layout of the main show. The organisers had gone to town with re-arranging quite a number of exhibitors but fortunately, we were still in the same place although near to us were the four packs of hounds that had moved from another area.

The second day began quite damp, but by the afternoon the sun appeared once more and the weather did not keep the attendance down.

Members Evening

On November 7 we held our annual Members Evening and Photographic competition.

It was so good to see so many members attending to listen and debate chest versus head shot in deer with our guest speaker Martin Edwards, the new Head of Deer Management for BASC. It was extremely interesting to listen to the audience with their views on the subject.

Maya Holding, a research scientist based at Public Health, came along to ask once again for members’ help in collecting deer serum and tick samples to aid monitoring the areas where tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) has been detected, and also to monitor for any potentially emerging areas elsewhere in the UK. It was so pleasing to see members who would like to participate in the study take away sample packs, especially in the New Forest where this problem has been detected.

The annual photographic competition this year was won by Debbie Heath, with a stunning photograph of a muntjac, so well done Debbie.



Animal accident reduction

Back in October, I attended on a very wet day the launch of the Animal Accident Reduction Group annual project in the New Forest. It concerns all stock owned by the commoners and the safety of them on the Forest roads. We are part of the group because of the accidents involving deer. The launch at ‘The Fighting Cocks’ pub at Godshill, near to Fordingbridge, consisted of life size cut outs of horse, donkey, cow, pig and sheep which will be placed in various town and village locations in the New Forest area throughout the winter months to make people aware of speed. So many animals are involved in hit and run accidents and sometimes left either injured or dead for some time before the agister can attend. This can be very distressing for the owner.


We hope the email letters that get sent out from time to time either with new events or reminders are a help. We hope to meet up with some of you at some stage in 2020.