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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

2 June UK Deer Track and Recovery. Kirkley Hall. 10.00am-3.00pm Cost £20.00 per person.

- Follow up after shot and deer dog options under Best Practice
- Indoor presentation and outdoor demonstration
- Shot site identification and shot debris and tracking demonstration
12 June "Walking talking stalking " evening at Wallington.
15-18 August Countryfile Live

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


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 AGM                    

The AGM was well supported by the core members whose constancy and commitment are critical to the branch. Seven members sent apologies. The meeting received and approved the report of the year and the financial position with a balance a little over £2,500. Members highlighted two events from the year: the Scottish lowland deer network presentation by Dick Playfair and the muntjac event with speaker Graham Downing. In the unusual circumstances of the unexpected resignation of the chairman, members were unanimous and enthusiastic in their thanks to Stephen Hyde for stepping into the role.

In the circumstances, there were no trophies awarded. A raffle was held with prizes generously given by John Fletcher, and Dr Morris Charlton, BDS Trustee and chair of the Yorkshire branch and the England and Wales Advisory Committee informed and entertained, updating members on the society and what it does.

The following were elected to the committee: Andrew Collinson (treasurer and later committee minute secretary), Dr Al Gabriel (now development secretary), Glen Graham, Stephen Hyde, and David Stewart (chairman). Subsequently, the committee has co-opted David Adams and David Boyson.

Committee Work            

The committee has a full plan of work which includes reviewing the work of the treasurer to meet the new needs of HQ, the award of trophies to match award to modern activity, the links between the branch and local BASC and DI, and promoting the work of the society through social media and a Facebook Group in particular.


Recognising the role of great rivers like the Tyne in helping slow the spread of invasive species, a recently released citizen science phone app for monitoring river quality from the Tyne Rivers Trust includes the monitoring of three mammals – American mink, grey squirrel and muntjac.


Branch Newsletters

Spring 2019 - Branch Newsletter