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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!
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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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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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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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