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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

Deer DNA samples required for a new BDS CWD Research project

The BDS is engaging in a new research project to perform DNA typing of deer found in Britain to establish the extent of their susceptibility to CWD. This will assist with “modelling” how CWD might develop in the UK should it ever arrive.

We need some fresh samples of certain species before August 2017.

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ECCLR produces their report on deer management in Scotland  

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has just published their Report on Deer Management in Scotland: Report to the Scottish Government from Scottish Natural Heritage 2016.

Among the twenty seven main points there is a range of opinions and acknowledgements, criticisms and recommendations

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  pdf Read full report (8.85 MB)

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Home Office Approved Shooting Clubs – New Fees Proposals

The Home Office has published a consultation which seeks views on the implementation of new fees for firearms licences that are issued by the Home Office including fees for approval of shooting clubs.

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You can now book BDS training courses online!

Our new online training course booking system is now live on our website. It provides an easier way to book and pay for courses, and can be done online, at anytime to suit you!
 
To make a training course booking click here

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Forthcoming Events

21 July - 23 July
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18 September - 20 September
Deer Management Course
22 September - 24 September
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24 September
DVC Humane Animal Dispatch Course
08 October - 10 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria
27 October - 29 October
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex

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