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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

Keeping you informed of changes to Bovine TB controls in England

Further bovine TB (bTB) measures have recently been announced by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to help strengthen disease control and expand options to tackle new bTB outbreaks.

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Camera collars to aid reindeer behaviour study in Cairngorms

A new study is to examine the behaviour of Britain's only free-roaming reindeer herd. Scientists are to investigate the ecological role the animals play in the Cairngorms, where the herd has been since 1952. Their work will also inform future sustainable reindeer tourism in the Cairngorms National Park.

GPS collars equipped with cameras will be fitted to some of the reindeer to track their movements.

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Scottish Game Fair 29 June - 1 July 18

Not long to go now! Come and meet the BDS team on stand G24.

We will be there to greet you and to talk about our research, training, membership and all manner of deer issues. The head measurers will be with us too -  so stop by and say hello.

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Research Biologist to chair the BDS

At its recent AGM held in Edinburgh, the British Deer Society elected Professor Rory Putman as its new Chairman. Professor Putman, who lives in Scotland, has worked for many years as a research biologist, specialising in studies on deer and their impact on their environment and as an independent consultant advising landowners, land managers and Government agencies on deer management. He has worked extensively in the UK and more widely across Europe.

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Forthcoming Events

05 September - 07 September
Deer Management Course
14 September - 16 September
DSC1 Bideford, Devon
07 October - 09 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria
03 November - 04 November
DSC1 Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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