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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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    The British Deer Society

    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.

    Our science & research
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    The British Deer Society

    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.

    Our courses
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    The British Deer Society

    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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    The British Deer Society

    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

Snowy and frosty deer images needed for the annual BDS calendar

Especially for the wintry months of December, January and February. So get out there with your camera and take some photos! Images please in landscape rather than portrait.
Please send them to or mail

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BDS Internet Auction 2018 - request for lot donations

Every year the BDS runs an Internet Auction to raise funds for our scientific study and research into improving deer welfare, our education programmes and campaigns. We now need lots for the 2018 auction starting on 18th May. Thank you to all those who have already provided lots.

Can you donate a lot?
Most lots are donated by our generous supporters linked with the rural community, its pastimes and industries and so reflect these interests. Items range from countryside clothing, equipment and photography to fishing, stalking, sailing and ferreting. Fine dining, pub food, holiday lets, spa treatments, paintings, books and food also prove extremely popular!

We are really grateful to everyone who supports us.

If you would like to donate a lot please either call Helen on 01425 655434 option 3, or pdf download and complete the Lot Donation form. (52 KB)

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BDS AGM - Draft agenda available

The two-day BDS Society AGM & Conference will take place in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Zoo and the Holiday Inn, Corstorphine on 18th and 19th May 2018.

A draft agenda is now available.

pdf Further information (502 KB) and   pdf Booking form (143 KB)

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UDD Online to the rescue!

Need to fast track your revision progress before taking a DSC1 assessment? Short on time?

Access to online training at a time to suit you just couldn’t be easier
• Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) has the information for all 5 assessments
• 19 interactive quizzes and 5 deer ID tests can be repeated until you are answering correctly and with confidence.

UDD is also a brilliant resource for anyone needing to increase their knowledge of British deer and their management.

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Forthcoming Events

14 March - 16 March
Deer Management Course
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Laverstoke, Hampshire
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Bardwell, Suffolk
13 April - 15 April
DSC1 Launceston, Cornwall

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