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North East England

North East England

Branch information and events 

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


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

 24 March

Non-lead Ammo – Tuesday, March 24th 7.30 pm at Kirkley.

3-5 April

Shoot at Bisley

26 April

Butchery with Jimmy Bell


Kirkley Hall Countryside Festival

20 June

Eskdalemuir Range Shoot

5 July

Humane Animal Dispatch course


Deer Farming members walk and talk

5-6 Sptember

Wolsingham Show

More details available on these events in the news section below.

Branch contacts

Chairman  David Stewart 
Treasurer Andrew Collinson 
Membership Development
and Communications Officer
Dr Al Gabriel
  David Adams

Branch committee members 

David Stewart
Stephen Hyde
Andrew Collinson
Dr Al Gabriel
David Adams
David Boyson

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
DH Durham
DL Darlington
NE  Newcastle-upon-Tyne
SR Sunderland
TS Cleveland


Branch AGM - January saw a very well attended and energetic AGM at Kirkley Hall resulting in the election of all the last year’s committee plus Stuart Jones and Tim Swaddle-Scott. Al Gabriel is drafting us a work plan for the year, David Boyson continues to lead on shooting skills, and similarly, Jamie Tranter stalker training and mentoring. Al and Jamie share managing our Facebook page. David Adams liaises with Kirkley and Stephen Hyde organises local fundraising and Wolsingham show.  Andrew Collinson stays as treasurer and David Stewart as chair.

The Ridley Trophy was presented to Ian Smales for his work in collating data on muntjac deer in the north east of England and his commitment to humane deer management. The Blackett Memorial Trophy for the best deer photograph was presented to Peter Gray.  The deer heads displayed at the meeting were judged by Stu Jones and Peter Gray and the Best Head Trophy was awarded to John Fletcher, with the cup for the Best Cull Head going to David Boyson.

A raffle was held in aid of branch funds, with prizes generously donated by Messrs Hyde and Collinson. To round off the meeting members heard details of the initiative by Northumbria Police to establish a Rural Crime Network and seven members volunteered to help the network.

National Deer Abundance Survey 
Members are encouraged to register to help with this new survey more details and instructions for registration are on the BDS website.

Monitoring Muntjac Deer Move Northwards 
The committee is also working on improving the monitoring for muntjac to be able to plot the spread north of this species.

UpComing Events

Non-lead Ammo – Tuesday March 24th 7.30pm at Kirkley. Ed Bewsher from Edinburgh Rifles will give members a presentation and lead a discussion on the very topical issue of non-lead ammunition.

Shoot at Bisley - April 3rd, 4th, & 5th, weekend at Bisley.  BDS member Jonathan Spencer has arranged for a weekend at NRA Bisley and has room for a couple of other members who would like to try their skill with help and encouragement from Jonathan and colleagues.  The programme includes 100 yards, Century range, electronic target; 300 yards, Century range, McQueens target plus a Zeroing target, with marker; 1,000 yards, Stickledown range, NRA bull, with marker; and finally, 600 yards, Century range, electronic target. Details from David Boyson at

And a branch return to Otterburn Ranges? – If we arranged to use Otterburn Ranges would you come along?  Please let one of the committee know if you would like us to arrange this.

Kirkley Hall Countryside Festival – May, date to be confirmed, a family day out.  Members needed to help at the branch stall contact

Butchery with Jimmy Bell – Sunday 26th April .  We expect this to be popular and booking is essential. Further info from David Boyson at

Eskdalemuir Range Shoot - June 20th, joint event with North West Branch, including for the brave there is the extra long range opportunity.  Further info from David Boyson at

Humane Animal Dispatch course - 5th July, HDA training at Kirkley. Details on the BDS website.

Deer Farming members walk and talk – August, date, location and timing to be confirmed.

Wolsingham Show - 5th & 6th September - visit the branch stand at England’s longest serving agricultural show.  For further information contact Stephen Hyde at



Branch Newsletters

pdf Autumn 2019 - Branch Newsletter (111 KB)

Summer 2019 - Branch Newsletter

Spring 2019 - Branch Newsletter