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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.


20th November  An evening on thermal imaging 
30th November

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

6th December

Members Christmas Social Evening 7.00 pm at Kirkley Hall.

13th January 2020

Muntjac Symposium at the Great North Museum 

21st  January 2020 

Members Evening and Branch AGM, 7 pm to 9 pm at Kirkley Hall.

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


Firstly thank you members…..

Thank you all for making your membership renewals; membership of the branch continues to stand at just a few less than 200.  And thank you to those who have signed up for the branch Facebook page that Al Gabriel leads on. Al has been able to keep the page topical and up to date but conversation and exchange between members on this medium hasn’t really taken off yet.

And thank you BDS Headquarters team……

The national BDS Deer Management course held at Kirkley Hall where BDS member David Adams provided a great venue to welcome the BDS training team and participants from all over the country. There were 15 attendees with three branch members, Phil Smith, David Boyson and Jamie Tranter. The experts Dominic Griffiths, Glyn Ingram, and Dominic Strutt were entertaining and informative. Everyone speaks highly of the course with its focus on evidence-based planning of deer management. We would encourage members to attend when the chance comes around again.

And thank you to the branch committee…..

The summer is the time the society meets the public at the local shows and Messrs, Adams, Boyson, Collingwood, Gabriel, Hyde, and Tranter have done a great job of organising our series of public events and, with the help of dozen members over the summer we have put deer issues and the BDS in front of thousands of people, including helping out at Yorkshire branch stall at Countryfile Live.      

Wolsingham Show - Was the last event of the season for us, plenty of people came through in good weather on this two-day show where we have been in previous years. We were well represented by Peter Grey, Stuart Jones, Robin Ludlow, Jamie Tranter, and Stephen Hyde.

Cross Borders BDS Branch Shoot - It was our turn to host the event this year, a bit of a challenge for team captain David Boyson since we don’t have our own range. North west branch kindly hosted us and the teams were reduced from the normal 6 to 4 members.  Luck simply wasn’t with us this time though. David travelled to the event with Archie Courage whilst Richard Hall, Stuart Jones, and “reserve” Jamie Tranter got half-way before the clutch went on their car.  Our captain wisely combined with south east Scotland when two of their team failed to show. Believe it or not just like last year it rained, but only as our detail was performing, despite that we managed second place! The BBQ became a consolation. Work to find a range goes on, it is hard one - any ideas anyone?

Upcoming events…….

Wednesday 20th November 2019 – An evening on thermal imaging with sightings guaranteed in an amazing landscape, and the chance to hear from our Yorkshire neighbours about their exciting deer management training project. Please email me if you intend to come along so that I can inform our hosts for site security. The Yorkshire Branch Secretary invites us as follows……

……Dear Member,   An Invite to our Night vision and thermal Demo evening on Wednesday the 20th November to be hosted by Nightmaster at Harewood House estate near Leeds.

 The meeting point will be at the Muddy Boots Cafe at 7.30 pm which is approximately 300m from the main entrance to Harewood House off the A61 main road between Harrogate and Leeds. Postcode for your Sat Nav is LS17 9LJ

 There will be a short run-through of the equipment by the Nightmaster Team followed by a walk through the Harewood Estate so please ensure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing. If you want to bring a torch then please make sure it is a red one if possible or one that can be dimmed right down as we don’t want to agitate the wildlife on our walk.

 As most of you will know Harewood has a large deer population so there should be no problems with finding deer to observe allowing you to make up your own mind, on the quality of this equipment.

 Anybody interested in placing an order for the equipment should speak directly with Steve and Tom on the evening. By clicking on any of the links you can view some of the equipment that will be on show during the evening.      Regards, Ronnie Christie MBE, Hon Sec Yorkshire Branch BDS…….

BASC Taste of Venison evening with a BDS speaker – 30th November 2019, Clennel Hall near Rothbury. See Facebook and more info from Al Gabriel.

Friday 6th December 2019 – Members Christmas Social Evening 7.00 pm at Kirkley Hall. We will be talking poaching, exploring with members the extent of activity, hotspot locations, and other issues in our region. There will be an equipment auction, bring and sell your unwanted kit (£1 per item to branch funds); as well as a Christmas raffle.

Monday 13th January 2020 – Muntjac Symposium at the Great North Museum – a one-day national event to understand the spread of muntjac and to inform the UK non-native species secretariat who are preparing the policy for muntjac deer in the UK.  The programme and further information can be found on the BDS website. Overnight accommodation at a special price until 12th December can be booked through this link

Tuesday 21st January 2020 - Members Evening and Branch AGM, 7 pm to 9 pm at Kirkley Hall. A very brief AGM followed by a presentation and discussion, details to be confirmed. Hopefully, we’ll learn of Northumberland College's plans for us and others needing countryside training, including deer management. Also, we plan to catch up with Northumbria police on their current issues and actions to prevent deer poaching.

Branch Newsletters

pdf Autumn 2019 - Branch Newsletter (111 KB)

Summer 2019 - Branch Newsletter

Spring 2019 - Branch Newsletter