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


 Chair Iain
 Treasurer Giles Thornley

Additional Committee Members

Alice Cushnie

Andy Massingham

Craig Parkinson

Nick Jackson

Rob Slaughter

Simon Roch

All BDS/BASC/NGO members are welcome to join us on range days providing they have a current FAC and pre book/pre pay.’

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23 July 2022

Quad Bike Course

7 & 8 Sep 2022

Westmorland County Show, Crooklands

10 & 11 Sep 2022

Lancashire Game Show, Scorton

25 Sep 2022

Range Day at Grayrigg

22 Oct 2022

Eskdalemuir ‘long’ Range Day

See below for more details on these events.


No upcoming events, please check back soon.


Events for 2022

We have a good mixture of branch events coming up and some have a limited number of places – so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The branch is looking into the feasibility of holding another quad (ATV sit-astride) and a first ‘buggy’ (ATV sit side by side) course as well as an EFAW+F training event. To register an interest please email FAO Nick Jackson

It will be great to meet up with as many of our branch or BDS members as possible this year, either at arranged events or shows.

If you are knowledgeable on deer and related matters and have time to help on our stand at one of the shows or at our other events, please email your details to and we’ll be in touch.

NB If you have a 6kg gas bottle surplus to requirements and can donate it to the branch for use when cooking at events please email  FAO Giles Thornley

Quad Bike Course Sat 23rd July

Sorry, fully booked

Westmorland County Show Wed 7th/Thu 8th September

We will have a stand at this event so drop by and have a chat with us, it’s always good to meet with our members and the wider public to talk about current deer-related matters.

Lancashire Game Show Sat 10th & Sun 11th September

We will be here again so please swing by if you are attending as it’s a great opportunity to get feedback from branch members old and new. A local show that needs support.

Range Day at Grayrigg – Sunday 25th September

To reduce waiting times attendees are asked to book a slot in advance and arrive at least 45 minutes before their slot for signing in and the safety briefing. Shooting slots are from 10.00 to 13.00 or 14.00, depending how many are attending.

This is a BDS Range Day, any non-FAC holders need to be a BDS member or join BDS on the day. Requirements: FAC (if not above), deer legal rifle/ammunition, rifle slip, ear defenders, sticks, breech flag & in date membership card.

There will be a raffle, free tea and coffee (please bring your own mug), bacon butties £2 until 11am then venison burgers £4 until 2pm. Help will be available for novices (ask when booking please). Advice on non-lead ammo also available.

Contact for booking is  FAO Andy Massingham and a prepayment of £13 is required before the day.

Eskdalemuir ‘Long’ Range Day – Sat 22nd October

The BDS NW & NE England branches are holding another ‘long’ range day. This will be on Gardner’s Guns’ 1km range at Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, targets from 100m out to 1km. If you are new to long range shooting, there will be experienced LR guys attending who can help you. The shooting area is covered should it be wet weather.

Cost payable in advance is £55, limited places available. To book please email FAO Simon Roch

Fallow deer during the rutting season By Menno Schaefer


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


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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