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    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

BDS Internet Auction 2018 opens 18th May - Catalogue available 20th April - Save the date!

Its not long now until the BDS internet auction, when some fabulous lots will be up for grabs again raising funds for the British Deer Society.

We have had great support from our donors and there will be some amazing items to bid for, such as:

• Number One of a new limited edition print of red deer by wildlife artist Ian MacGillivray
• A delicious Lunch Tasting Menu at the Michelin two star Ledbury Restaurant in Notting Hill
• A variety of country sports - salmon fishing, several stalking options or hunting wild boar in Germany
• Plus sporting goods, luxury holiday lets and even an off the grid camping and camp fire cooking experience.

Hosted by eBay for Charity, bidding starts early evening on Friday 18th May with individual lots starting and finishing early evening on 3 consecutive days. All lots run for 10 days before ending so if you aren’t lucky at first you can try again!

The Catalogue of Lots will be available in Deer and online from 5pm 20th April.

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BDS AGM - Final agenda now 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.

The final agenda is now available.

  pdf Further information (140 KB) and pdf Booking form
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Joint BDS West and BASC Stalking evening - 26th April 2018

6.30pm with talks starting at 7pm at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE

Join the BASC and the BDS and enjoy a fantastic evening covering all areas of deer stalking & boar management. On the night there will be refreshments available on arrival with trade stands including Swarosvski,& Thomas Jacks.

Talks will include:
• FC Ranger Jamie Diplock talking about practical boar management
• DI's Graham Riminton discussing stalking opportunites
• Tim Hanks doing a butchery demonstration

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New plant list to help deter garden deer

Wild deer are increasingly being seen in urban areas, with species such as Muntjac and Sika deer expanding their range. When they stray into gardens they are known to strip flowers and foliage, and nibble tree bark.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on the public to report damage to garden plants from deer. They want to produce a new list of plants that appear to be resistant to attack from the wild animals.

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Forthcoming Events

01 June - 03 June
DSC1 Comrie, Perthshire
03 June - 05 June
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria
05 September - 07 September
Deer Management Course
14 September - 16 September
DSC1 Bideford, Devon

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