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    The British Deer Society

    What do we do? - BDS promotes deer education, research and management best practice to ensure a healthy and sustainable deer population in balance with the environment; a key feature of the biodiversity of the UK landscape.

    What do we do?
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    The British Deer Society

    Our aim - BDS aims to be the go-to place for objective and unbiased information on the biology of deer and methods of deer management, humane treatment and control.

    Our aim
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    Research - BDS provides funding and support for high quality deer research to inform government(s), academia, trade organisations, members, the media and the public.

    Our research
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    Membership - BDS embraces a varied membership ranging from professional biologists, enthusiastic naturalists, keen photographers, wildlife artists and chefs to deer managers and stalkers. All are welcome.

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    Education - BDS aims to improve general education and understanding of all deer-related issues, through active engagement and access to high quality educational materials.

    Our education
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    Training - We develop and deliver high quality training programmes to promote best practice in deer management.

    Our training
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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


Ten BDS DSC1 Courses are listed and available before Christmas plus a Deer Management Course for Northants and another next March in Hampshire.

Have you enrolled yet or do you know someone who should?

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Forestry Commission vacancy for Wildlife Ranger

Location: Dumfries and Borders Forest District,
South Scotland. Closing date: 2 Sep 2018

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Two new Deer Management Course dates announced

October 2018 - Deer Management Course, Hampshire - 15/10/2018 - Book now!

March 2019 - Deer Management Course, Morayshire - 13/03/2019 - Book now!

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Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) online - a fast-track aid to DSC1

• Need to fast track your revision progress before taking a DSC1 assessment?
• Short on time?
• Or just wanting to prepare for DSC1 at your own pace?

Access to online training at a time to suit you just couldn’t be easier.

• Ultimate Deer Data (UDD) provides comprehensive information on 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

25 August - 27 August
DSC1 Shrewsbury, Shropshire
05 September - 07 September
Deer Management Course
14 September - 16 September
DSC1 Bideford, Devon
14 September - 16 September
DSC1 Askham Bryan, Yorkshire
07 October - 09 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria
15 October - 17 October
Deer Management Course

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