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North West England

North West England

Branch information and events

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


6 March 2020 Annual General Meeting, Longlands Hotel Carnforth, Lancashire - 7:30 pm

For details on events please contact the Secretary.

Range Contacts

Peter Robson Tel: 07974126782

North East England and Yorkshire members are particularly welcome to join us on range days.

Please note that the access to the Grayrigg range may alter owing to bridge repair work, so please check the website before travelling. 

Branch Contacts

 Chairman  Iain Richards   
 Secretary  Colin Bowker
Tel: 01524 823127
07948 676494
 Treasurer  Giles Thornley  

Committee: Peter Robson, Nick Jackson, Philip Gee, Derrick Snallam, Steve Cowles, Judy Richardson, and Jeremy Kileff.

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
BB Blackburn
BL Bolton
CA Carlisle
FY Blackpool
IM Isle of Man
L Liverpool
LA Lancaster
M Manchester
OL Oldham
PR Preston
SK Stockport
WA Warrington
WN Wigan


Branch AGM

The AGM will take place on March 6 at 7.30 pm. The venue will be the Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield, Carnforth, Lancs. LA6 1JH. The agenda will be sent out by email prior to the meeting and 2019 minutes will be handed out on the evening. We are hoping to secure an interesting speaker for the night.

Anyone wanting to dine before the meeting can do so by contacting the hotel and making a booking. Telephone 01524 781256 and say you are BDS and they will make sure you are well looked after in time for the meeting.


Entries are still being taken for the Branch Photography Competition. Entry is free to branch members and there will be a new trophy and a voucher for the winner. The subject of the photo must be wild or park deer, UK native species in any situation. Committee member Judy Richardson is organising the event.  

Range days

Generally, the range days have been well attended. Our last day was smitten with the usual Cumbrian weather and so we only had three guns turn out. Once again, we hosted the Border Stalkers’ shoot, the NW Branch coming away with the Trophy. Reports were made with photos by the other Branches in the Autumn issue of ‘Deer’. For 2020 our Chairman Iain Richards has been negotiating to secure a new range for us. The venue looks superb with great potential and we will publish details as soon as we can. The Rimfire Range was especially popular and so we should be able to expand on this in 2020.

Deer Initiative

No doubt everyone read in the Autumn Issue that the DI is to close at the end of March. Say Deer Initiative and the first thing that comes to mind is the name Alastair Boston. There are many who could say more about Alastair but I’ll do my best. As long as I can remember, he has been at the forefront of organising events for stalkers in the North West, and if he wasn’t organising he was there giving a helping hand. As an RCO he was there to help on Range Days or arranging Best Practice Evenings with an array of interesting speakers and Best Practice week-ends with lots of interest for stalkers. Alastair also gave out attendance certificates for BP days for those doing their Skills Awards and fronted the South Lakes DMG Young Stalkers Day where the raffle turned into entertainment on its own.

One thing that Alastair will be remembered for is the MALMO Stalkers Evening. This must have been the largest event of its kind in the country. It raised many thousands of pounds for the NW Air Ambulance and Injured Servicemen. Everyone at MALMO, the BDS and BASC supported this event and it was a credit to all involved. Many Thanks to Nick Jackson as well!

Alastair Boston, on behalf of everyone in the North West branch, we thank you.

FSA Wild Game Guide.

Glyn Ingram has urged that all aspects of the traceability, best practice and Regulations on the supply of venison should be followed. All current requirements can be found in the Wild Game Guide. It is your responsibility to know the legislation and to adhere to it. How you prepare and dispose of your venison dictates the rules you have to adhere to. Poaching and the illegal supply of venison has long been a problem here in Cumbria and North Lancs as elsewhere. Environmental Health Officers have been working hard to try and make sure venison comes from legal sources. Registered premises are subject to spot checks and inspection. Private premises can only be visited after written notification. Therein lies the problem. They have been working with the Branch to help stamp out illegal outlets.

Download the latest Wild Game Guide and keep on the good side of the law.

Myerscough Open Day

Our stand in the Countryside Marquee has over the years grown and grown. We acquired two new life size banners of a roe and a red which drew a lot of attention. This year will see our display grow even more as we have already booked a larger pitch. The new fallow and sika banners are very impressive. Throughout the day we had a steady flow of visitors and thanks to the staff at HQ we had plenty of handouts which were given to children and sent to different schools. This Open Day must be one of the largest in the country so come along and see us on Brock Meadow.

Forthcoming events

As you read this, the programme of events will already have been discussed, and a full up-to-date list will be sent out as soon as possible after the AGM. If you think you may be able to help out on the stand at an event, please contact the Secretary. Free passes and lunch will be provided for volunteers. 


To save our branch funds and to keep you updated with events if we do not have your current email address please would you let us know?