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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

SAVE THE DATE: 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.

Muntjac deer range is increasing following their 20th-century introduction in the southeast of England. They have steadily spread with occasional reports now of sightings to the north in Cumbria, County Durham, and Northumberland. Scottish policy is clear, to be free of muntjac deer. 

Muntjac Symposium

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Poaching! Police want to know about it!

Police in Dorset are urging people to come forward with information about poaching.

Officers from the rural crime team say they need people to call about issues including sightings of suspicious vehicles, bolt-cropped padlocks, tyre tracks in fields and gates left open.

Report Poaching

PCSO Tom Balchin said: "We need to know what is happening, when, where and how."

"We also need people to report poaching, hare coursing, and illegal fishing to us at the time it’s happening via 999 or when the damage is discovered the next day by calling 101 or emailing"

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Deer Stalkers’ Evening, Suffolk

Deer Stalkers’ Evening, Suffolk, 30th October 2019.

At Great Whelnetham Community Centre, nr Bury St Edmunds, with doors open at 6 pm for 7.15 pm

Topics being covered are:

* Landscape deer management project, by Valentina Zini, from the University of East Anglia.

* Professor Rory Putman, BDS chairman, Over what sort of spatial scale does management effort need to be coordinated to deliver effective reductions in deer impacts?

* Wild game meat regulations - what you can legally do with your culled deer. 

Free entry. 

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BDS Research Grants

REMINDER - the next closing date for receiving suitable applications is 1st November.

A primary objective of the British Deer Society is to stimulate and actively promote research. We offer a series of grants at different levels to support suitable projects, with a special interest in receiving applications which fall within a list of key topic areas advertised on our website.

BDS Research Grants

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Forthcoming Events

26 October -
Cannock Chase Rut Walk (Staffordshire)
Cannock Chase
26 October - 28 October
DSC1 Carlisle, Cumbria
30 October - 30 October
Harewood Deer Park Safari (Yorkshire)
Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG
30 October -
Deer Stalkers’ Evening, Suffolk,
Great Whelnetham Community Centre, nr Bury St Edmunds
02 November - 03 November
DSC1 Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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