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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"!
 

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CLA Game Fair 18th/19th/20th July 2014

                                                        BDS Stand Number X0742 -  lots to see and do!

The BDS team will be promoting the combined membership PLUS insurance package and selling deer related items with the training team present to advise on courses and training activities.

Two talented artists will be joining us  - Clare Brownlow, celebrated pheasant feather artist and winner of the 2014 CLA show guide cover competition will be painting, and Clare Villar who specialises in animal portraiture will be showing her work too. The CIC team will be on hand to measure heads and John Hammond Sporting will have a range of outdoor kit available. 

On Saturday the Society will host a DMQ celebration marking the milestone of 20,000 awards of DSC1. (Note changed from original presentation on Friday).

So come and visit  us  ­  you will be sure of a warm  welcome!

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BDS news from the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone

 Winner of the Junior Challenge Competition on the British Deer Society Stand:

EILIDH HOWARD from Uphall.

Congratulations go to her for correctly guessing/counting the exact number of deer on the hillside ­ 461 (four hundred and sixty one).

Very many thanks to all who entered !

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Scottish Council Chair John Bruce makes a presentation to Maitland Rankin retiring from the Scottish Council after 33 years service

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John Bruce, also Chair of the Poaching  & Coursing Priority Group  presents a decanter to Ian Laing the retiring WCO liaison for Fife. Ian was tremendously active in engaging with the community and his popular evening seminars regularly resulted 100 or more participants.

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 DEERBYTES

To view our latest edition, Deerbytes 84, please

click here.
 

   


BDS Membership & Stalking Insurance 2014

BDS stalking insurance policy for non-professionals in its twentieth year.

There is now a simpler system available with payment just once a year to take care of your membership and insurance at the same time. Membership PLUS stalking insurance costs from just £68 per year.  

The insurance now provides £10 million public and products liability with cover for humane despatch of deer as well as a wide range of recreational sporting activities including deer stalking, conservation and conservation management, wild boar hunting and/or culling of wild boar, wild fowling, fishing, ferreting, rabbit, pigeon, game hunting/shooting, vermin control, clay pigeon shooting, target shooting and zeroing.

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

To find out more click here.
 

 

THE MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE, EDINBURGH

FLUKE AND DEER - ­ REQUEST FOR SAMPLES

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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