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    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.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

Book Now - BDS Muntjac Symposium

13th January 2020 – Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle University
A one-day symposium to pool knowledge and gather current information on the species.

Supported by The Woodland Trust


Muntjac deer are increasing their range. Following their introduction in the 20th century to the south east they have steadily spread north.  The British Deer Society quinquennial survey in 2016 confirmed resident populations as far north as North Yorkshire and Lancashire.  There are now occasional reports of sightings in Cumbria, County Durham, and even Northumberland. Scotland’s policy is clear, to be free of muntjac deer.

This symposium is to gather up to date information about this species. The findings will be made available for all and it is expected it will feed to the review of the national strategy for muntjac deer by the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS).

muntjac symposium

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Shop Amazon Smile and Help BDS

You shop. Amazon gives - When you shop AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to The British Deer Society.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to BDS. It's the same Amazon with the same products, prices, and service.

Its the easy way to support us by choosing The British Deer Society when you start shopping at

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BDS London Dinner - A Sparkling Success

Last week’s BDS London Dinner was another truly great fundraising event.  Again very generously supported by Knight Frank, over 100 people attended a champagne reception at the Caledonian Club before sitting down to a venison dinner.  

After a welcome from BDS President Lord Andrew Hay and Chairman Professor Rory Putman, guests focused on the serious business of raising funds! There were some really fantastic auction lots, both online and live on the night,  plus terrific prizes in the night’s raffle. All items were donated by our many amazing sponsors and supporters and bidding was fierce. 

BDS London Dinner

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Venison Prices

With current uncertainty over the venison market in some parts of the country, it is more important than ever that Stalkers are supplying a high-quality product that is safely and humanely produced.

It is important that sales, both large and small and whether to Approved Game Handling Establishments (Game Dealers) or elsewhere, are conducted within the lawful framework and that all aspects of traceability, best practice, and Food Business regulations are followed.

Details of the current requirements can be found in the FSA Wild Game Guide here:

If you are selling venison it is your responsibility to know and adhere to this legislation.

Venison Prices

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Forthcoming Events

13 January - 13 January
Muntjac Symposium
Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle University
07 February - 09 February
DSC1 Wadhurst Sussex
14 March - 16 March
DSC1 Epping, Essex
28 March - 30 March
DSC1 Ponteland, Northumberland
03 April - 05 April
DSC1 Laverstoke, Hampshire

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