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North West England

North West England

Branch information and events

Please find a list of forthcoming events in the NW area. NE and Yorkshire members are particularly welcome on the range days.


7th/8th September Lancashire Game Festival, Scorton nr Garstang, Preston Lancs
12th September Westmorland County Show
13th October Range Day, Grayrigg

For details of any of the above events please contact the Secretary.

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

Range contacts

Peter Robson Tel: 07974126782

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.

2019 News

Branch AGM

The AGM took place on March 1 at our regular venue, the Longlands Hotel. The Committee and all officials were re-elected plus new member Derrick Snallem.  Our auction saw the Vorn rucksack, kindly donated by Geraint Short, go to Steve Cowles. Signed copies of stalking books were donated by Peter Kenworthy, Wendy, and the late John Neville. These were well bid for and the auction raised £215 for Branch funds. Many thanks to the donors of the lots and to the lucky bidders. The programme of events for 2019 was read out and is on the Branch web page.

Eskdalemuir Long Range Day.

Sunday June 9th 2019.

After a  very successful first visit last year we are holding another long-range day at Gardner’s Guns range near Langholm, Dumfriesshire on June 9, shooting out to 2 miles. Take a look at

There is a covered area to shoot from if the weather is inclement. Payment is in advance and the cost is £50 for BDS members and £55 for non- members. For details and to book a place please contact Nick Jackson at 

We are not looking to encourage people to shoot beyond their capabilities. This is the ideal opportunity to test yourself and your equipment, especially for those who may be going hill stalking in the future.

Big Best Practice Weekend

Arranged by Alastair Boston of the Deer Initiative over February 22-24, the events started off at the Crooklands Hotel with talks by Dr. Naomi Sykes on The History of Fallow Deer and Peter Green on ‘Deer  and Diseases, what next?’ Naomi has spoken to us before but it was interesting to hear her updates on the spread of fallow and the different types. Peter’s talk on diseases and how they can spread between different species made for interesting listening. One point he did make however was the demand by GHE’s for only deer that had been head or neck shot. As we all know this is not Best Practice and not what the BDS subscribes to.

Saturday and Sunday were held at Grizedale , Cumbria by kind permission of the Forestry Commission. Day 2 – ‘Deer, The Inside Story’ focused on minimising carcass contamination. Guest speaker Peter Green spoke on the anatomy of deer from a carcass inspection, disease and humane shooting perspective. Day 3 – ‘The Shot & Follow-up’. Taking the shot, effective follow up and when to use a dog. There were talks by three specialist trainers, Brenda Helliwell (sheepdogs). Roger Pickup, Deputy Leader of LAMRT, and Stephen Black, (gundogs).

Throughout the year most, if not all Chairmen, Secretaries, Treasurers, Course Managers and AW’s will at some time have had to contact HQ with some query or for some advice. Thank you to all the Girls for all their help when it was needed. And Phillip as well!


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