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    The British Deer Society

    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

11th/12th May 2019 - BDS AGM - SAVE THAT DATE!

Next year’s AGM weekend will be over 11th/12th May 2019 and is being generously arranged and hosted by East Anglia Branch. Currently in the early planning stages, it will be based around Bury St Edmunds with visits anticipated to Euston estate and the ranges along with a barbeque, dinner, research updates and of course the AGM meeting itself. Further updates will appear in Deerbytes, Facebook and here on the BDS website once firmed up, with the full application form within the January edition of Deer.

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Fundraising for BDS at the London Dinner

BDS will be holding its annual London Dinner, again generously sponsored by Knight Frank, in late November. You might not be there on the night, but you will still be able to take part by helping us raise funds for BDS research and education projects. We will have an online auction with sporting goods and lots starting a couple of weeks in advance and ending on the night itself. In addition there will be a brief live auction at the event with a handful of spectacular lots including driven grouse and accommodation in The Highlands, boar hunting in Germany, salmon fishing and an exceptional specially commissioned hand-built Emberleaf knife with a handle crafted from 40,000 year old woolly mammoth ivory and a patterned blade of the finest Damascus steel. 

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Notes to Approved Witnesses

All DSC2 Approved Witnesses should have recently received an email update from DMQ which also included a GDPR Compliance Commitment form that must be returned. Please see the DMQ website for more details regarding this.

Please contact DMQ directly with any other queries:, 01244 573025

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Now in stock our latest Christmas Card and 2019 Calendar!

Christmas Card - Fantastic value from this year’s top quality Christmas Card featuring award-winning artist Justin Prigmore’s powerful and inspirational oil painting of red stags in the winter snow. Packs of 10 with envelopes at £5.95 including P&P

2019 Calendar - Stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers feature in the 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 for presents, our exclusive BDS calendars are  £11.95 each including p&p.


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08 December - 10 December
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13 March - 15 March
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