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Learn about British wild deer, stalking, management and deer photography. We are a charity which works to enable British deer to exist in today's environment and ensure that their future is secure for generations to come. You will find this site full of information, pictures, news and views on just about any deer related topic. You can book courses and buy books, DVDs, and equipment online - everything you need in one place!


New PACEC Questionnaire for ADMG and LDNS

This survey has been designed for the Association of Deer Management Groups and Lowland Deer.  Network Scotland to allow estimates to be made of the economic benefits of deer management in Scotland, the environmental impacts, the expenditure in local and national supply chains, and the number of jobs supported.

This is a separate questionnaire to one you may have been asked to complete, titled ‘Contribution of Shooting Sports to the UK’. The responses from this questionnaire cover both the sporting and non-sporting aspects of deer management.

The questions refer throughout to “the landholding” for brevity. You may be responsible for stalking or deer control over a group of landholdings which may or may not be contiguous ­ as far as possible, please treat these as a unit for the purposes of the questionnaire, and please ensure that you refer to the same landholding or group of landholdings throughout. To avoid duplication, please speak to the other key people involved in deer management (landowner, manager, stalker(s)) on the landholding either before or while you fill in this questionnaire.

TO access the Questionnaire and respond online go to  


Alternatively you can download, print & complete by Clicking here then return to PACEC, 49-53 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AB.





In aid of The British Deer Society South West of England Branch





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for further information and to download an application form



Deerbytes 87 has now been sent by email.  If you have not received your copy please contact or 01425 653553.


Supporting BDS Research and Education

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BDS at the CLA Game Fair, Blenheim

BDS was recently to be found at the CLA Game Fair promoting its combined membership PLUS insurance package and selling deer related items, with the training team on hand to advise on courses and training activities.

Two talented artists were on the stand - Clare Brownlow, celebrated pheasant feather artist and winner of the 2014 CLA show guide cover competition was painting, and Clare Villar who specialises in animal portraiture showed her work too. The CIC UK team were measuring heads and John Hammond Sporting displayed a range of outdoor kit.

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The Society hosted a DMQ Celebration to mark the milestone of  reaching 20,000 awards of DSC1

Defra Minister Lord de Mauley presents Ryan Ford with his DSC1 certificate with BDS Vice Chair Michael Thick watching. 

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There was plenty to interest young visitors to the BDS stand too

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To view our latest edition, Deerbytes 86, please

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Wildlife hosts, specifically deer, are known to act as a reservoir of infection for a number of fluke species - including liver fluke, a serious parasite of livestock.

As part of its ongoing research, The Moredun Research Institute is asking for help from BDS members with sample collections from deer taken during the course of normal deer management activities.

For more information about how you can help with this UK study please CLICK HERE

 Chronic Wasting Disease
  Deer Management Round Table (DMRT) CWD Subgroup Situation Report for Scotland.  Updated 22 April 2014.

Notifying the GB agencies of our interest in CWD:

In recent weeks DMRT sub group representatives have been in close discussions with policy and veterinary officers in Scottish Government (SG) and Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to remind them about on-going concerns over the possibility of disease incursion. 

 Please click here  to view or print the pdf document.

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