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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

BDS Looking Forward to West of England Game Fair 2019

This weekend sees the return of the West of England Game Fair at the Royal Bath and West showground. This family event offers have-a-go activities, countryside displays, and shopping.

BDS will be attending talking with visitors about the Society and our work as well as raising awareness about our UK deer.

The show will open from 9.00am until 5.00pm on both days.

West of England Game Fair 2019

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BDS Says Goodbye to Adrienne Tollman

This week we said farewell to our Marketing and Admin Co-ordinator Adrienne Tollman.

Over the last three years, Adrienne has done a great job and been key in maintaining the website, Deerbytes newsletter, BDS advertising, social media, and eBay auction. She also worked with our branches and was instrumental in ensuring the Society fully met all its GDPR compliance requirements.

Adrienne is moving to take up a new post in Salisbury in the very near future. 

We are grateful to Adrienne for her hard work and dedication and wish her every success in her new job.  

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Essex Police Investigating Deer Found Dead in Harlow Parkland

Essex police have launched an investigation after three deer carcasses were found in Harlow woodlands. It is believed the deer may have been killed through snaring or coursing.

This is the third in a spate of deer deaths in the area which first started in December.

Police are urging anyone who finds a snare or has information about suspicious activity to call the Essex Police Rural Engagement Team on 101.


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Rare Philippine Spotted Deer Born in the UK

Newquay Zoo has recently celebrated the birth of a Philippine spotted deer one of the rarest deer species in the world.

This small deer species is also known as Prince Alfred’s deer or Visayan spotted deer, is native to the Philippines and classified as endangered. There are thought to be fewer than 2,500 left in the wild due to hunting and deforestation, which makes the work of breeding programmes like the one a Newquay zoo important for the species survival.

Keeper Tracey Twomey said: “With the Philippine spotted deer being one of the most globally threatened deer species, each birth is extremely important for the conservation of the species. Mother and baby are doing very well, both are strong and healthy. We look forward to seeing this little one grow up and hopefully have little ones of her own.”

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