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    Deer Welfare - Ensuring deer stay healthy, have appropriate habitat and are well managed is key to their sustainable future. BDS is the principal organisation focusing throughout the UK on deer welfare and promoting their conservation in balance with the environment.

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    Science & Research - A key part of BDS work is supporting scientific study and research with focus on welfare, diseases and the relationship between deer, man and the environment.

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    Training - BDS has been training deer stalkers and managers for over 30 years in effective deer stalking, humane culling and management encouraging best practice for the welfare of the deer.

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    Membership - Become a member of the BDS, join people with wide-ranging deer interests and help us safeguard the future of wild deer in the UK.

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    Fundraising - Meeting our educational and research objectives, and delivering our campaign messages costs money. BDS is continually looking at new fundraising opportunities and ways to maximise our existing ones.

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Latest News

2016 Deer Distribution Survey - results now available

The results of the survey are now complete and are available in map form offering an overview of deer presence across the UK at the present time, along with a comparison with the 2011 and 2007 surveys.

This has been a major effort involving many people, and many thanks must go to everyone, not least the BDS members, external providers of deer records and GWCT mapping team who contributed to compiling and sorting the information. The final distribution maps have already been displayed at the 2017 Game Fair and Countryfile Live, and more details will be published in the Autumn 2017 edition of Deer. 

In the meantime they can be viewed on the BDS website.  19.9.17

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Live now - Enclosed and Captive Deer Survey

This survey is now running, and we are very grateful to all who have already submitted reports. We hope to be able to publish more information soon regarding where deer of all species, and not just those found wild in Britain, can be viewed in zoos, parks and other collections offering public access. 

In the meantime if you are aware of any establishment where deer, exotic or otherwise, are held enclosed or captive (this includes farms and private collections) please let us know. More details and a simple form can be found on the BDS website19.9.17

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Forest Enterprise Scotland seeks feedback on future awarding of Recreational Deer Management Permissions

Forest Enterprise Scotland is seeking to gain your feedback to inform the way they may award future Recreational Deer Management Permissions. What do you consider to be the most economically attractive and financially viable means of issuing Recreational Deer Management Permissions? Please complete the questionnaire here  19.9.17 

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KTP Associate Research Office, Dr Suzanne Richardson, Appointed by Deer Initiative on Sept 1st

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Forthcoming Events

22 September - 24 September
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08 October - 10 October
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27 October - 29 October
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03 November - 05 November
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