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THE BDS NORTH EAST BRANCH

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

BRANCH AREA AND COMMITTEE

Chair Lanny Lansdowne chairnortheastengland@bds.org.uk
Secretary Neil Baker northeastengland@bds.org.uk
Treasurer Andrew Collinson
RCO Jonathan Spencer
Muntjac coordinator Ian Smales

Lanny Lansdowne – Chairman
Andrew Collinson – Treasurer
Neil Baker – Secretary
David Adams
David Boyson
Jeremy Feggetter
Stephen Hyde
Stuart Jones
Luke McPake
Jonathan Spencer
David Stewart

PostcodeArea
DHDurham
DLDarlington
NE Newcastle-upon-Tyne
SRSunderland
TSCleveland

EVENTS

Date

EVENT

TBC

TBC

Next BDS National Event

No upcoming events, please check back soon.

NEWS

Branch Committee

Branch AGM – New Committee

  • Lanny Lansdowne – Chairman
  • Andrew Collinson – Treasurer
  • Neil Baker – Secretary
  • David Adams
  • David Boyson
  • Jeremy Feggetter
  • Stephen Hyde
  • Stuart Jones
  • Luke McPake
  • Jonathan Spencer
  • David Stewart

STALKER MENTORING

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 within the constraints of Covid.  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, Neil Baker and David Stewart. The group has had to defer its training programme hosted by local Natural England staff until Covid allows.

Despite this, 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

STAY IN TOUCH

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

LATEST NEWS

roe deer at sunrise in a misty winter forest Norfolk by Simon Bratt

BDS Response to the Defra Consultation on Proposed Deer Management Strategy

The British Deer Society (BDS) has reviewed in detail the consultation on proposed deer management published by Defra on the 4th of August 2022. Whilst we welcome the consultation in general terms, and in particular the intent to develop a wider market for venison, we have serious concerns about some of the proposals.

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