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North East England

North East England

Branch information and events 

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


7th September Carcass Preparation - DI event at Helmsley in Yorkshire, more info from the DI website
7th & 8th September

Wolsingham Show – the branch has booked a stand and we would welcome a visit from members. More info from Stephen Hyde

11th, 12th, 13th September

BDS Deer Management course at Kirkley Hall. Details from Al Gabriel

16th October

Raby Estate a members evening looking at the Estates deer management with the estates Head Keeper Iain Alexander. Details from David Stewart

30th November

BASC Taste of Venison evening with a BDS speaker, Clennel Hall near Rothbury. More info from David Stewart


Butchery Demo, probably early in the new year an evening has been offered with a professional expert. More info from David Boyson

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


And a special welcome to new members whom we look forward to meeting at events and activities.

Al, Andrew, the three Davids, Stephen, and most recently Jamie, have spent many hours over the recent months organising and running events and meetings, planning the future programme, and promoting and representing the branch.

Here are some of the highlights gone by.

Facebook Group  If you search Facebook for British Deer Society North East Branch you’ll find our group. Please encourage others to join the group. Thanks to Al Gabriel for setting it up and managing it. It is here that we expect to first post information about the branch and deer related items.

Members Evening of Conversation with the BDS Chairman  For the first time in twenty years a Society chairman visited the branch to explain some of the BDS priorities. In a relaxed, energetic and informative atmosphere, twenty members listened to Professor Putman explain the boards' priorities and discuss current issues. Members got a picture of an organisation that is careful with its resources but is well aware of the need to be innovative (the deer recording app) and to evolve to meet new needs (increasing demand for training). Professor Putman highlighted the significance of the branches and their role in the society, outlined some of the changes taking place in the Fordingbridge team, and reinforced the importance of the board. Members questions and discussion ranged widely between high-level policy to some of the practical day to day challenges facing members. The evening’s raffle prize was generously provided by John Fletcher. And the Chairman presented the Ridley Trophy to Stephen Hyde.

BDS at Kirkley Hall Countryside Festival and at Northumberland County Show. The muntjac deer feet and head provided and explained by Stuart Jones proved a great success with the young at the Kirkley Family Festival organised by members David Adams and David Boyson. Following soon afterward the branch, represented by Al Gabriel and David Stewart, attended the county show in the BASC tent, where our stand was sited next to the Northumbria Police Firearms licencing team.

Deer Shot and Carcass Recovery. Members of North East England Branch attended a UKDTR event on the 2nd of June held at Northumberland College (Kirkley Hall Campus). The course delivered by Tony Lowry and his team covered topics that included techniques for assessing shot-site, dog work and best practices. The course was a resounding success based on feedback received from participants. The course has helped to improve links amongst local stalkers and branch committee members. Participants received certificates confirming their achievement.

Members Evening with a Professional Deer Manager. A handful of hardy members showed for this event at Wallington in the pouring rain. National Trust Ranger Glen Graham led a woodland walk with the emphasis on red squirrel conservation including grey control. In addition to the dedication of the group, the evening was notable for the lively and challenging level of the debate. 

Countryfile Live The committee has committed to helping our Yorkshire Branch colleagues staff the BDS stand at this event at Castle Howard over the period 15-18 August, come and see the BDS stand.

Co-opted to the Committee  Jamie Tranter has been co-opted to the committee, in particular, to help progress our work with young people.

And Finally Miscellaneous Branch and Committee Business……

Plans for a muntjac deer symposium are well developed, speakers are being booked, a venue negotiated (Newcastle University we hope), and sponsorship sought. Dates in late October or early December are being discussed.

David Boyson has been busy looking at various options for a branch range, including some options to share with the NW branch.

In keeping with the branch commitment to encourage young people the branch has had very welcome collaborative support from Kirkley College and we are also helping students at Houghall.

As part of our “offer” to young people, we are considering a mentoring scheme. We’ll be sharing our ideas on this with you in the next newsletter.


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