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    The British Deer Society

    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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    How can you help us? - Help BDS continue its education and research programme. Secure the future of wild deer in the UK by becoming a member, making a donation, or purchasing from our shop. Thank you for your support.

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Latest News

Monitoring Chronic Wasting Disease

More news from the Scottish Game Fair where Norwegian Kenneth Larsen congratulated John Bruce on his work monitoring CWD in North America and Norway. He thanked John particularly for his work in providing information
on the BDS website as an accurate summary of world news, new summary attached. 13.3.17

Visit the CWD page on the BDS website

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Ultimate Deer Data Online - The smart way to prepare for DSC1!


UDD Online provides detailed reference material, study notes, interactive and visual quizzes with the underpinning knowledge for DSC1 assessments. Dip into learning when it suits you or use as a fast track revision tool for DSC1 assessment.

Just £20 for 30 days use. Get UDD online from www.britishdeertraining.org.uk  13.7.17

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Claws out as Kielder lynx campaigners drift apart

A number of people working with the Lynx UK Trust, including scientists from the University of Cumbria, have broken away to establish their own group, to be called the Lynx Project, which they intend to set up as a charity. They have written to local farmers and landowners saying that they
wish to see more consultation with the Kielder and Tarset community before applying for a formal release license. Hexham Courant 6.7.17

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1000th Incident Recording Book distributed at Scone

At the recent GWCT Scottish Game Fair BDS’s John Bruce, the Poaching & Coursing Priority Group Chair
for PAW (Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime) Scotland, handed out the 1000th copy of the Incident Recording Book. In circulation for a year the breadth and length of Scotland, the notebook enables wildlife crime incident details to be accurately recorded by anyone giving the police better information to
apprehend criminals. 13.7.17

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Forthcoming Events

21 July - 23 July
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex
18 September - 20 September
Deer Management Course
22 September - 24 September
DSC1 Bideford.Devon
24 September
DVC Humane Animal Dispatch Course
05 October - 07 October
DSC1 Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh
08 October - 10 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria

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