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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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The auction has now ended for another year and BDS would like to thank you for all your support & genorosity, bidders & donors alike.  The success of our annual auctions means vital research & education projects can continue.  

If you were unsuccessful bidding this time round then we do hope you will try again next year! If you would like to donate a lot for our next auction please let us know by emailing admin@bds.org.uk




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.




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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