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    The British Deer Society

    Deer are beautiful creatures and an important part of our natural heritage. Including our largest wild mammal, six species live wild in the UK and are an integral part of our landscape. However their very success can put them in conflict with people, the environment and other animals. Ensuring that deer stay healthy, have appropriate habitat and are well managed is key to a sustainable future. The British Deer Society (BDS) is a charity and the principal organisation focusing on deer welfare and promoting their conservation in balance with the environment.

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    The British Deer Society

    Whether you enjoy deer watching, stalking, photography or make your living from deer-related activity, this website will help you to learn about British wild deer. It is full of information, pictures, news and views on just every deer-related topic, and you can book courses and buy books, DVDs and equipment online.

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Latest News

BDS Christmas card and 2017 Calendar now available!


Cards - £5.50 for 10                        Calendar - £11

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E Coli Update - Important advice to all Stalkers and Deer managers

Scottish Quality Wild Venison has put out an announcement on E.Coli and gives advice on gralloching. 29.9.16

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A fourth case of CWD is discovered in Norway

A fourth deer has been diagnosed in Norway - a male 6 year old reindeer has been found relatively close to the first reindeer casualty on plateau.

The 300 reindeer which were lightning strike victims were sufficiently close to the CWD cases that sampling of adults was undertaken and no infected animals were found. Continuing CWD sampling of culled animals will be undertaken through the hunting season. 16.9.16

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Groundbreaking findings on the cause of CWD

Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta has identified the structure of the infectious prion protein, the cause of "mad cow disease" or BSE, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which has long remained a mystery. 8.9.16

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Forthcoming Events

28 October - 30 October
DSC1 Bardwell,Suffolk
05 November - 06 November
DSC1 Cirencester, Gloucestershire
24 March - 26 March
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex

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