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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.

    Our aim
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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.

    Our research
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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

A BDS membership – an ideal Christmas present

Thinking of what to buy someone interested in deer? Why not treat them to a year's BDS membership for just £62.

BDS membership includes:
• A copy of our quarterly glossy journal, ‘Deer’, packed with interesting articles and information
• Membership of a local BDS branch offering talks, demonstrations, advice and range days
• Use of a BDS rifle on our DSC1 courses held throughout the year
• Regular deer news in our ‘Deerbytes’ e-newsletter (for those who subscribe), our website, Facebook and Twitter
• The chance to join specialist interests such as photography and research
• The chance to participate in prize draws and internet auctions
• The option to buy Field Sports Insurance for your own recreational and countryside pursuits

The membership pack can be sent to you to present personally or can be sent directly to the recipient.

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BDS 2019 Calendar - selling fast!

Exclusive BDS Calendar featuring stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers in an A3 Wall Calendar.


• Practical, large month-to-view format, with space for important daily appointments
• Seasonal diary dates included
• Spiral bound. 420 x 297mm
• Perfect Christmas present
• £11.95 each including P&P (UK only)


Purchase online or complete and return the application form.

 

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Increased risk of African Swine Fever being introduced to the UK: Important advice for all hunters

Following a significant increase in the number of cases of ASF, a disease of pigs, in Eastern Europe, and recent western spread to Belgium, the risk of an introduction of this disease to the UK has increased and is causing concern.

Although the disease does not affect humans and there is no food safety risk associated with meat, ASF is a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs.

Everyone travelling to the continent for hunting and shooting or similarly organising these activities in the UK needs to take several precautions to reduce the risk of ASF entering the UK.

  pdf View precautions for hunters (146 KB)

  pdf View the letter from the Chief Veterinary Officer UK (192 KB)

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Renewal of MoD Shooters Certification Cards

The National Rifle Association (NRA) have announced that, with effect from 01 Jan 2019, new arrangements for the issue of MoD Shooter Certification Cards (SCCs) to members of affiliated clubs will come into place. All current cards expire on 31 Dec 2018 and will be replaced by photo cards and the BDS will require a £25.00 fee to facilitate these. The new cards will be valid for one year and renewed annually.

All renewal applications for Shooter Certification Cards for 2019 must be received by BDS no later than the 10th December 2018. 

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Forthcoming Events

13 March - 15 March
Deer Management Course
16 March - 18 April
DSC1 Altyre, Morayshire
05 April - 07 April
DSC1 Laverstoke, Hampshire
06 April - 08 April
DSC1 Carlisle,Cumbria
12 April - 14 April
DSC1 Padstow, Cornwall

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