BGS Regular Events

BGS Regular Events

 In 2019 BGS will be holding many of our regular events and activities. Please keep up-to-date through our website calendar, members e-newsletter and social media feeds.

BGS will also be out and about at many of the shows and local events. 


Summer Meeting

Three-day study tour, usually in early July, to see the strengths and problems of grassland in a different region each year with visits to grass farms and research institutions.


Two or three days on specialist grass and forage topics or targeting particular groups:  The Research Conference series, every second year, welcomes young researchers presenting their first talk or poster. 

Special Interest days

Focused discussions with highly topical and sometimes controversial speakers to challenge your current ways of thinking, e.g Red Clover, Haylage, Horse Grazing.

Farm walks

Visits to leading grassland managers farms to investigate their techniques and share knowledge.

Upcoming Events

Dorset GS tour - Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

(If you wish to attend and are not already on the list then please contact Paul ASAP on 07900 955121 or via email

9.30 am: Check in Wightlink car ferry terminal, Undershore Road, Lymington, SO41 5SB for 10.00 am ferry
10.30 am: Arrive Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year Awards Evening - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Booking is now OPEN for the Awards Dinner on 22nd October where we will announce the winner of the 2019 BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year competition.

British Grassland Society
Grassland Farmer of the Year 2019
Awards Evening

Dorset GS Meeting - Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tuesday 5th November, 7.30 pm

Kate Lywood - Farm Director and dairy herd manager
At Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton

Kate Lywood, Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, has completely changed the way the farm is run, from a mixed arable/dairy unit to a simple extensive grazing system (under organic conversion).

Grazing Mentors Farm Walk - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The BGS Grazing Mentors project, funded by the Prince's Countryside Fund, has been running since 2016. The project provides free one-to-one grazing mentoring that focuses on setting goals and problem solving within a specific farm situation. 

Durham GS Annual Dinner - Friday, November 22, 2019

Friday 22nd November 2019


Speaker: Peter Wright
TV’s Yorkshire VET Peter is based at Skeldale Veterinary Centre, the former workplace of famous veterinarian and author James Herriot.  Peter will be talking to us about his life stories of working in Yorkshire

Doors open at 7.00pm
Dinner will be served at 7.30pm
Choice of four meat Carvery Dinner, choice of two desserts and Tea or Coffee

Durham GS Meeting - Monday, December 9, 2019

Monday 9th December 2019

Speaker: Dr David Davies,  Silage Solutions Ltd

Silage Solutions provide independent research and advice on feed conservation to the agricultural community through motivated workforce working in partnership with those they serve.  The business activities include: novel product development, product testing and development of improved 'on-farm' silage analysis and consultancy to agri-business.

Dorset GS Meeting - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tuesday 10th December
Christmas Social
At Poole Greyhound Stadium

Places are limited so book early.  Partners and family welcome and encouraged!

£30 per head to include:

  • Admission and race card
  • Bucks Fizz on arrival
  • Three-course Christmas meal
  • Christmas novelties
Dorset GS Meeting - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tuesday 7th January
7.30 pm
At Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester

Members Evening.
Several speakers are lined up for this evening including Bertie Newman (AHDB Beef and Lamb Strategic Farm) and Will Tizard (Organic Dairy)

Durham GS Quiz Night - Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday 13th January 2020

Quiz Night with Quiz Master, Alan Hutchinson

Pie, Pea and Chip supper

Location: Jersey Farm Hotel 

Dorset GS Meeting - Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday 4th February
7.30 pm
At Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester

Germinal Seeds
The importance/value of reseeding

Entires open for the Dorset Grassland Farmer of the Year.


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Local Societies

BGS Members Use our Local Society directory to locate your nearest societies, information resources and experts on grassland farming and foraging.