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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. This really is "The One Stop Shop for Deer"!




BDS Membership and Stalking Insurance 2014

BDS has been offering members a separate stalking insurance policy for non- professionals for nearly twenty years.

Now this provides £10 million liability cover, and humane despatch of deer as well as a wide range of recreational sporting activities.

You can also make up to £5,000 max per year from recreational venison sales and stalking related activities!

BDS Members say they want a simpler system with payment just once a year to take care of membership and stalking insurance at the same time - so now you can do just that.

To find out more click here.



17th/18th May in the Cotswolds

West Branch promise an eventful weekend over the 17th/18th May when they play host for this year’s Society AGM. The base will be The Bear at Rodborough, in the historic south-west corner of the Cotswolds, high above Stroud on the wilds of Rodborough Common. A former coaching inn on the main Gloucester to London coaching route, The Bear still offers a warm welcome to all. Set in 300 acres of National Trust land, it provides a luxurious retreat where you can enjoy fine food and drink while relaxing in a homely and friendly atmosphere.

Saturday will herald the opportunity to board a coach to Awre Severn Cider to watch how cider is made, have a cider tasting and ploughman’s with local smoked ham, cheeses and salad. After lunch will follow a short visit to Lydney Dock, a rare example of an unspoilt 19th century harbour built to serve sailing ships and facilitate the export of materials from the Forest of Dean. Then on to Dyrham Park for a house and garden tour, and to meet the deer warden and view some of the park’s Fallow herd.

The Society Dinner will be on Saturday evening at the Bear at Rodborough, and Sunday morning talks there are anticipated on research and veterinary matters prior to the Annual General Meeting. A pre-booked buffet lunch will be available before members depart. Full details will be in the application form included within January’s Deer Journal.

AGM 2014

2014 AGM




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

Please click here or below to view the pdf document.


Chronic Water Image

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