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


Vice-ChairsStephen Hyde and David Boyson 
RCOJonathan Spencer 
Muntjac coordinatorIan Smales 

Vice Chairs;      Stephen Hyde and David Boyson

Secretary;        Neil Baker

Treasurer;       Vacant

Committee;       David Adams; Jeremy Feggeter; Jonathon Spencer; Ian Smales (Muntjac Monitoring co-ordinator)

NE Newcastle-upon-Tyne




16th March 2024

Members Meeting, Chester-Le-Street Cricket club

Next BDS National Event

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Members Meeting 

Our next member’s meeting will be on the 16th March, with a change of venue. We will meet at Chester-Le-Street Cricket Club, Ropery Lane, Chester-Le-Street.

Our guest speaker will be Oli Smith, CEO of Wildtrack Pro. he will be giving you all his thoughts on Deer management within the UK.

If you are even remotely interested in the future of recreational stalking in the UK or in obtaining some stalking yourself, then this is the ONE event you really cannot afford to miss.

There will be a raffle, as usual, but due to the change of venue (to make it easier for many of you to attend), there is a suggested donation of £5 to help cover the increased cost of the venue and the provision of refreshments.

Date:  16th March 2024
Time: 3 pm to 5 pm
Venue:  Chester-le-Street Cricket Club, Ropery Lane
DH3 3PF, Chester-le-Street, Durham, England, United Kingdom
0191 388 3684
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Members report that our stalker mentoring scheme is excellent – if you want to join in let me know. And we have three corporate members in the branch, Bill Bryson Library, North Pennines Training and Sandyford Venison, please support them if you can!

Muntjac Monitoring Group                                 

The muntjac monitoring group is now established and operating.  The group’s purpose is to monitor the progress of the species through the branch area by investigating and validating reports of sightings of muntjac deer in the branch area. 

The group is led by Ian Smales, supported by branch members Stuart Jones and Neil Baker. 

The group has been actively following up reports of muntjac being seen in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham. So far none of the sightings have been proven to be correct.

muntjac buck by Erni


If your contact information has changed please make sure to let us know.  To update your details simply email or call 01425 655434.


Summer 2024 edition Digital Deer

Discover the Latest Insights in Digital Deer’s Summer 2024 Edition!

We are delighted to announce the release of the Summer 2024 edition of our highly anticipated free online taster version of the members’ magazine, Digital Deer. Packed with exciting content, this edition is your gateway to the latest news, research, and insights from the world of deer. Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect:

Deer feeding in Phoenix park Dublin by Croatorum

Protect Our Park – Don’t Feed The Deer Campaign at Phoenix Park

Ireland’s Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched the ‘Protect Our Park – Don’t Feed the Deer’ campaign, aiming to alter public behaviour to safeguard the wild deer in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. This initiative follows a recent University College Dublin (UCD) report highlighting the negative impact of human feeding on the behaviour and welfare of the park’s deer population.

Understanding Tick Hazards in South Downs National Park: New Research Insights

Understanding Tick Hazards in South Downs National Park

The British Deer Society is excited to share the findings of a groundbreaking research project we supported, aimed at understanding tick hazards in South Downs National Park (SDNP). As the UK’s most visited national park, SDNP attracts countless visitors every year, making the management of tick-borne diseases a critical public health concern.

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