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North East England

North East England

Branch information and events 

Meetings and Events will be arranged around our Branch Area and will be communicated to the members by the Newsletter and Updates.

2019 Events

12 May Kirkley Hall Countryside Festival
27 May Northumberland County Show
2 June Members Training Event - Deer Shot and Carcass Recovery
12 June Members Evening with a Professional Deer Manager
15-18 August Countryfile Live
30 November BASC Taste of Venison evening with a BDS speaker 

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
Glen Graham
David Boyson


Facebook Group

If you search Facebook for British Deer Society North East Branch you’ll find our 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. Please encourage others to join the group.

Members Evening of Conversation with the BDS Chairman  

Professor Putman has kindly agreed to join us at Kirkley Hall on Monday 29th April 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm for a discussion with members talking about the society and how it and our branch will evolve and grow. This event is for members or potential members, and there is no charge.

BDS at Kirkley Hall Countryside Festival

On 12th May throughout the day, there will be a branch stand at this show. Organised by David Adams this is an event where we will promote the BDS, the branch, and sustainable management of deer to the general public.

BDS at Northumberland County Show

We will be at this show at Bywell Hall promoting deer welfare and management, we are joining the BASC young shots team at the BASC stand. The event runs all day on bank holiday Monday, May 27th, 2019.

Deer Shot and Carcass Recovery

This training event is open to members and others and runs on 2nd June 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at Kirkley College Woodland Centre under the direction of members of UK Deer Track and Recovery. The cost is £20 pp and details can be found on our Facebook Group or from organiser Al Gabriel.

Members Evening with a Professional Deer Manager

We have a walk and talk stalking evening for members with a National Trust Ranger at Wallington from 7 pm to 8.30pm on 12th June 2019. Meet at NGR NZ02865 89609, on the B6342 between Harwood Cottages and Donkin Rigg Farm. There is no charge.

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. Do any members want to volunteer to help? Offers to David Stewart.

Early notice of Autumn/Winter activities…….

BASC Taste of Venison evening with a BDS speaker – 30th November 2019, Clennel Hall at Alnwinton.

Raby Estate – we’re planning for a members evening in the autumn.

Butchery Demo – an evening has been offered with a professional expert.

Deer Initiative and Peter Green – Run by the DI, FC, and BDS, there will be a one-day event in September at Prior Rigg in Yorkshire on top class carcass preparation with internationally known veterinary expert and BDS adviser Peter Green.

Borders Inter-Branch Shoot – David Boyson leads our competition team if you are a reliable shot then please contact David.


Branch Newsletters

Spring 2019 - Branch Newsletter