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    The British Deer Society

    Deer Welfare - Ensuring deer stay healthy, have appropriate habitat and are well managed is key to their sustainable future. BDS is the principal organisation focusing throughout the UK on deer welfare and promoting their conservation in balance with the environment.

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    Science & Research - A key part of BDS work is supporting scientific study and research with focus on welfare, diseases and the relationship between deer, man and the environment.

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    Training - BDS has been training deer stalkers and managers for over 30 years in effective deer stalking, humane culling and management encouraging best practice for the welfare of the deer.

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    Membership - Become a member of the BDS, join people with wide-ranging deer interests and help us safeguard the future of wild deer in the UK.

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    Fundraising - Meeting our educational and research objectives, and delivering our campaign messages costs money. BDS is continually looking at new fundraising opportunities and ways to maximise our existing ones.

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    How can you help us? - Help BDS continue its education and research programme. Secure the future of wild deer in the UK by becoming a member, making a donation, or purchasing from our shop. Thank you for your support.

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Latest News

Firearm and Shotgun certificate renewals and change of address - a reminder to members

We have had reports from the police of cases where FAC and SGC holders have lapsed into unlawful possession, either through forgetting to renew, or through moving house and forgetting to advise the police. Not only does this place the certificate holder in illegal possession of firearms, but ties up police time chasing up and even tracing them. This is unhelpful to the shooting community as a whole, as well as your Society. The Police's time is better spent dealing with grants, renewals and variations.
 
Please ensure you do not fall into this situation! If you have questions or concerns we are here to help.

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CWD News from Norway

Screening work for CWD in wild deer in Norway from this year’s hunting season is now completed, with 6000 animals tested from all over the country, including 2000 red deer.

  Read the report on CWD findings following this screening 

  Read more about CWD 13.12.16

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Deer Distribution Survey - Please participate

Every five years the British Deer Society plots the current distribution of all six species of wild deer found in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

The 2016 Survey is ongoing and we would welcome your participation. Data is collected from a variety of sources and can be input online.

To participate go to www.bdsdeersurvey.org.uk

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SNH Report to the Scottish Government on Deer Management

Read the comments on this report from John Bruce Chairman BDS Scottish Council

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