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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 help us monitor the spread of muntjac deer by reporting muntjac sightings to  thank you


2nd December Pre Christmas Members Zoom event

Emergency First Aid at Work + Forestry


Zoom presentation on non-lead ammo

8 pm Tuesday 26th January 2021

Branch Annual General Meeting

For more details on each event please scroll down to the news section.

If you wish us to organise a particular activity for member’s then do please let us know now, it will help us with our planning for the return to members events. As BDS fundraising has suffered over this last few months our future programme may include fundraising for the BDS (as opposed to the branch).

Branch contacts

Chairman  David Stewart 
Treasurer Andrew Collinson  
Mentor scheme & Facebook Jamie Tranter   
RCO Jonathan Spencer  
Muntjac coordinator Ian Smales  

Branch committee members 

David Adams
David Boyson
Andrew Collinson
Dr Al Gabriel
Stephen Hyde
Stuart Jones
Ian Smales
Jonathan Spencer
David Stewart
Tim Swaddle-Scott
Jamie Tranter 

Branch Areas

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


Pre Christmas Members Zoom event 2nd December

Following up on the BDS webinar on non-lead ammunition the branch has arranged a Zoom meeting to help you understand what is involved in changing from lead on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 7 pm.

Emergency First Aid at Work + Forestry

The branch is organising an EFAW+F course in December. We have reserved the services of BDS member North Pennines Training and are currently considering a Saturday with the venue (close to A1 and or A69), date and cost soon to be confirmed. Obviously, Covid rules will apply. If you are interested in reserving a place email

Ed Bewsher from Edinburgh Rifles and Sporting Goods will give a Zoom presentation on non-lead ammo and its use in deer stalking. All North East England Branch members are encouraged to attend to hear and discuss how developments have progressed and now offer a real alternative to the traditional lead bullet. Some stalkers in the branch are currently using non-lead as a condition of their lease and this is likely to increase as pressure to remove lead from the environment gains pace.

To reserve a place at the presentation and subsequent discussion email us at and details on how to join the meeting will be emailed to you closer to the event.

Muntjac Monitoring Group

This group is now up and running, busy checking out reported sightings.  To date, all sightings in the branch area have been negative If you think you have seen a muntjac in our patch let us know via

Branch Annual General Meeting

8 pm Tuesday 26th January 2021 has been suggested for the branch AGM.  It is a provisional date and may change.  The meeting will be online, probably via Zoom.

See the branch Facebook page for recent sightings of sika, muntjac and black roe…..