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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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Latest News

BDS AGM

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.

Friday 18th May is planned as a full-day conference with speakers on deer-related topics of national importance including some of particular Scottish relevance. The conference will take place in the Budongo Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh Zoo which is conveniently placed adjacent to the hotel.

Saturday’s conference will be at the Holiday Inn itself and will major on talks by BDS sponsored researchers, ending with the AGM meeting late afternoon and finally the AGM dinner in the evening.

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New Chairman for the BDS

You will see from the Spring edition of the Deer Journal due out this weekend, that our current Chairman, Michael Thick, will not be standing for re-election at the AGM in May due to the increased volume of his external work commitments.

The Board is therefore progressing a replacement Chairman of the Society. This is a high profile, unremunerated role which carries with it significant responsibilities not least chairing the Board of Trustee Directors.

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Bird flu detected in wild birds in Dorset

Highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Dorset.   

It is the first confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter, and tests have shown it is closely related to the H5N6 strain that has been circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months. This is different to the H5N6 strain which affected people in China last year and Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency have also offered reassurance that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. 

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New DSC1 courses planned for April and June 18

The BDS has added some new dates for DSC1 courses to their training schedules in April and June 18 - Bardwell, Suffolk - 06/04/2018,  Laverstoke, Hampshire - 06/04/2018, Shrewsbury, Shropshire - 02/06/2018 

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Forthcoming Events

16 February - 18 February
DSC1 Wadhurst, Sussex
14 March - 16 March
Deer Management Course
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Laverstoke, Hampshire
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Bardwell, Suffolk

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