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Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Yorkshire branch including events, news, and contacts.


TreasurerSteve Lister 


Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic.



24th Mar 7:30PM

WEBINAR: Meet the Sponsor Blaser Special (Online)

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WEBINAR: Meet the Sponsor Blaser Special

24/03/2021 7:30 PM

Opportunity to meet one of our sponsors' Blaser and find out more about them and how they will be supporting the British Deer Society. The Panel To be confirmed Ask a Question If you would like to ask a question in advance please email


With the relaxation of Lockdown One, the branch was able to ‘spring’ into action. We had numerous activities ready to run but were stymied by the complexity of C-19 tiering throughout the branch area.

South and West Yorkshire remaining in Tier 3 whilst most of North Yorkshire were Tier 2 – never the twain shall meet! Planning and activities are still ready to run.

HAREWood Rut Walks

The Harewood estate requested a Rut walk, which fell in the educational and training bracket under C-19 restrictions and we were able, with appropriate safeguards, to run such an event.

Shooting sticks with outstretched arm are a good two-metre social distancing tool. It helped to have the event all outdoors and in areas of the Deer Park where the public are not permitted, as quite often we have people who tag along.

It was very quickly overbooked so the estate asked for there to be two rut walks. This we were able to manage by calling upon Committee and branch members to help guide groups around.

We were able to use bubbles of no more than 5 or family groups. This really worked as it allowed for a lot of discussions as opposed to being in a bigger group which can sometimes inhibit discussion.

These rut walks were a success due to the volunteers who led the rut walks. My thanks go to Barry Smith, Robin Ludlow, Tony Charlton and Ian Alexander. This team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise – a highly successful morning with the public.

We are trying new ways of working but in the future, the small bubble approach will become the norm for the rut walks.

red stags fighting rut harewood oct by Ian Alexander

Numbers of deer in the Park were very high so in spite of being in tier three, we were as concerned to keep a good safe distance from the deer as well as the participants.

This was the only activity we were able to manage before Lockdown 2. All training work and activities on the Harewood project are currently suspended barring humane dispatch.

We look forward to 2021 perhaps being a year in which we return to some of the shows and some of the branch events.


If your contact information has changed please make sure to let us know.  To update your details simply email or call 01425 655434.


Changes to DSC1 and DSC2

Changes to DSC1 and DSC2

Information has recently been shared relating to changes to DSC1 and DSC2 made by Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ).. These changes come into effect on April the 1st.

relaxation Covid-19 restrictions

Relaxation of Covid-19 Restrictions

Due to the planned relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, the BDS will from March the 8th be resuming delivery of DSC1 and Deer Management Courses. Find out more.

New Video – How to Complete a Habitat Impact Assessment

The Farm Advisory Service has produced a great new video detailing How to Complete a Habitat Impact Assessment.

In the video Conservation Consultant, Helen Bibby, and Professor Rory Putman, Chair of the British Deer Society & visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, take you through all the key steps on how to undertake a Habitat Impact Assessment.

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